You wake up in the morning already tired. It seems like no matter how much or how little you sleep, you have no energy. The prospect of the day ahead makes you want to roll over, put the pillow over your head, and go back to sleep.
How will I get through the day?
You find that you are irritable, snapping at people around you, then feeling sad and fighting back tears. Some evenings you sit in front of the tv eating ice cream (or chips or pizza or any other sugary, fatty food) and other days you don’t eat at all. Regardless, you don’t enjoy eating; you don’t really enjoy much. You start to withdraw from the people around you and you worry about how hard it is to concentrate at work.
How will I get through this?
If this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing depression.
The DSM-V includes the following symptoms for diagnosing depression: a markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities; a slowing down of thought and a reduction of physical movement (observable by others, not merely subjective feelings of restlessness or being slowed down); fatigue or loss of energy; feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt; diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness; recurrent thoughts of death, recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide.
The artwork for our page about depression depicts the oppressive, heavy feelings that come with being depressed. It highlights the idea that even when people with depression are able to go about their day, they bring their exhaustion, sadness, and foggy thought process with them.
Restoring hope, pleasure, and clarity are the goals of treatment for depression. Treatment can include: neurofeedback to target your brain’s ability to regulate emotion and to activate or quiet the areas of the brain that are out of balance; talk therapy to help you look at the things in your life that may be contributing to your depression and the skills and strategies that will help you address those challenges; consultation with a naturopathic provider to address the physical and metabolic symptoms often associated with depression; CES therapy to stimulate your brain to produce more “feel good” neurotransmitters.