Sadness is a normal emotion we all have to deal with. It can be caused by a painful event, such as an argument with someone dear or losing a loved one. Usually, sadness will naturally go away. When it doesn’t, the sadness can become more like a depression, which can be very obstructive and have a big impact on life.
For people who are sad or depressed for a long time, seeing anything positive can become harder to do. We speak of a clinical depression when feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness are present most of the time for at least two months, or when the person doesn’t enjoy things they used to enjoy before. Furthermore, in a clinical depression at least four of the following symptoms are present:
- changes in eating pattern (eating much more or less than you usually do)
- changes in sleeping pattern (sleeping much more or less than usual)
- loss of energy
- being physically agitated or moving and speaking more slowly
- feelings of worthlessness and/or
- lack of concentration and indecisiveness
- thoughts about not wanting to live
People usually don’t require depression overnight. It’s often a combination of negative events and feelings that persist. Negativity is building up, until someone starts losing hope. Therefor it’s important to intervene as soon as possible when sadness persists and positivity decreases.
How I can help when you’re depressed?
Feelings are very strongly related to thoughts and beliefs. Depressed feelings often go together with negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself. We can explore these thoughts and beliefs together, and take the edge of them. Learning to create more distance to these thought and beliefs can drastically decrease the impact on your feelings. You will learn to enjoy things again and start to see positive things and opportunities. Sessions can take place in my office in Amsterdam Noord as well as through a videocall. Book a free intake through the button below to learn mo