Are you feeling depressed? Alone? Like nobody cares or understands? You’re not alone. I have a confession to make…I have wrestled with the torrent of depression. In my darkest days, I felt alone, helpless, and hopeless. Fortunately, now, I am on the other side. But, when I look back on the dark night of my soul, there are things that I wish people had said to me back then to offer me hope.
Depression is a painful disorder. If you’ve never experienced it, count yourself blessed. Perhaps you haven’t experienced depression yourself, but you have a loved one who suffers with it. I’ve spent more than 30 years as a psychologist, helping people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and a myriad of other mental health disorders. In this post, I share 10 things to know if you have a depressed loved one.
Men and women both suffer from the painful condition of depression. But, who is more prone to be depressed? Men or women? Statistics suggest that more women are diagnosed with depression. That doesn’t tell the entire story, however.
Have you ever been grieving while the rest of the world was singing Christmas carols and drinking eggnog? Christmas isn’t always the most joyful time of the year. If you’ve been there, this year, you could be the one who understands and shares comfort to those in need. What a gift!
Are you having a hard time resuming your normal daily activities? Has your energy been transplanted by the winter sluggishness? Does it seem no matter how hard you try you just can’t find your joy in the aftermath of the holidays? You are not alone. I’ve been there. So have tens of thousands of other Americans. There is hope for combating post-holiday depression or the blues.