We all go through ups and downs in our mood. Sadness is a normal reaction to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but depression is much more than just sadness.
Some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of impending doom. However, some depressed people don’t feel sad at all — instead, they feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic.

CBT is one of the most effective treatments for depression and is a way of talking about how you think about yourself, your environment and the people within it. Using CBT you can also discuss what it is that affects your thoughts and feelings. Once you understand the factors that are causing your depression, CBT can help you make positive changes to overcome it.

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.
  • You have lost interest in things you previously enjoyed
  • Feeling that the beginning of the day is the worst and feeling somewhat better in the evening
  • Difficulty in making decisions and remembering things
  • You can’t sleep or you sleep too much
  • You can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
  • You feel hopeless and helpless
  • You can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
  • You have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating
  • You are much more irritable and short-tempered than usual
  • You have thoughts that life is not worth living (Seek help immediately if this is the case)
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