Am I Depressed?


Have you noticed the words “depressed” or “depression” being used a lot more lately? Oftentimes, people use these words when they’re in a stressful situation, bored, or just feeling down. Other times individuals use these words to describe the ongoing mental condition they’re dealing with that seems out of their control. As we move through life, sometimes it’s challenging to distinguish between “feeling depressed” and actually “being depressed.” The lines can often seem a bit blurred. So if you’ve ever asked yourself, “am I depressed” or “what does depression feel like” you’ll be able to get your answer here. 


Am I Depressed: Understanding Depression 

In the United States, approximately 7% of individuals over the age of 18 experience major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression. Those struggling with clinical depression may experience persistent feelings of being overwhelmed, sadness, and loss of interest in various activities. At times the symptoms are severe enough that it causes noticeable issues in relationships, daily activities, work, school, and various other social interactions. 

So, What Does Depression Feel Like? 

If you’re wondering what depression looks and feels like, the honest answer is that it’s different for everyone. For some, depression looks like having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning and making it to work on time. For others, it might be the dishes piling up in the sink or a mountain of laundry stacking up in the corner. Sometimes depression feels like restlessness, emptiness, trouble thinking, no appetite, or unexplained back pains. Every person has a different experience. 

Now, it’s very possible that you read the above and thought to yourself, I’ve felt like that before, or maybe I do now, so am I depressed? Well, the only way to know for sure is to visit a therapist. Please do not self-diagnose yourself if you’re not sure, as untreated depression can lead to more severe issues. A therapist will be able to assess whether or not you’re experiencing clinical depression or situational depression, which are quite different. 

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Overall, if you’re feeling sad or experiencing a depressed mood, there’s help available to you. Understand that you do not have to navigate these feelings alone. My name is Jenet Dove, and I am a certified psychotherapist providing individual therapy in Houston. Book your free consultation today to learn more!

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