Someone once described depression as a prison. You're locked in without any ability to free yourself- under the control of someone else, merely existing. Your'e watching the world move on the outside, without the ability to participate.
Many experience depression. Common symptoms include feelings of hopelessness, irritability, physically tired, inability to sleep, loss of interest in activities that used to give satisfaction, weight gain or loss, inability to think or make decisions, recurrent thoughts of death, or suicidal ideation. These symptoms cause a major impact in the daily functioning of an individual. During the therapeutic process, depression should be handled carefully. The client should not feel ashamed or asked to give a reason why they feel the way they do.
In my experience, many women experienced the symptoms listed above, however, were unaware what they were experiencing was depression. I can attest that due to socioeconomic stressors and relationship dynamics, there was a lack of attention on their mental health.
Depression does not have a preference. No matter the race, culture, socioeconomic status, education or position, depression can be experienced by anyone. Men often experience depression as well. Their symptoms may not be so evident at times which makes it a challenge for them to seek help. ( I will have another post on boys and men).
If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms listed above, know that there is hope. Effective treatments for depression are cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, and completing a physical to rule out any medical conditions. Contact your primary care physician and let them know your symptoms, contact a therapist or your local community mental health agency for counseling services.