If you (or anyone you know) have felt sad or blue for more than two weeks, clinical depression may be the cause. Depression is a mood disorder that affects about 20% of the population at some time in their lives. It is not a character weakness or flaw, but an illness that can be successfully treated, usually with a combination of psychotherapy and medicine.

Sometimes people are not consciously aware of being depressed. They may feel physically sick, slowed down and achy and/or not interested in food or sex. They may also withdraw socially and emotionally.

Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Arguments with family
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in sleeping pattern
  • Feeling physically slowed down or achy
  • Feeling sad, blue, or tearful
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Irritability, moodiness, and social isolation
  • Less interest in sex
  • Loss of the ability to feel pleasure
  • Loss of energy
  • Neglect of previously enjoyable activities
  • Pessimistic, negative, and repetitive thinking
  • Poor concentration, loss of motivation
  • Presence of guilt
  • Thoughts of suicide

If you have concerns about yourself, a loved one, a colleague, student, or friend, you can contact us at 617-353-5381 to make an appointment for a free and confidential consultation.

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