Depression is now considered common, affecting about 340 million people worldwide. Although treatable, about half of all cases of depression go undiagnosed and unaddressed. Situational sadness is a typical and normal reaction to events, such as a recent loss or disappointment and is simply part of the human experience. Rather than a suppress situational sadness, it is best to work through these periods with help from psychotherapists or counselors.
A more serious medical diagnosis is clinical depression – it can be triggered by a loss or other sad event, but then grows out of proportion to the situation and persists longer than is appropriate, affecting emotional and oftentimes physical, and psychological health as well. Clinical depression often requires other forms of treatment in addition to counseling and therapy. There is also plenty of data showing depression can be caused or worsened by common vitamin deficiencies like vitamin D, B12, Omega 3, or folate or low thyroid hormone states.
If you are regularly or chronically experiencing any of the following, which are common symptoms of depression, make an appointment to talk with a therapist or seek out an integrative medicine provider that will be able to take a longer intake and history, help determine root causes and help align therapies with your personal health goals. Don’t be afraid, you are surely not alone!
- A sullen mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, guilt, and anxiety
- Loss of interest in things that used to be pleasurable
- Change in appetite
- Change in sleeping patterns
- Inability to concentrate
- A lack of energy or feeling run-down