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Your depression is as unique as you are. But whether you are experiencing severe or mild depression, you undoubtedly have tried to get yourself “unstuck.” Let’s face it, life under “normal” circumstances can be tough. However, layer on a global pandemic and it’s easy to see how depression can dominate your daily life. In this issue, we’ll be diving into depression. From the symptoms, the data, and finally, solid resources to help you find some relief in your journey through depression.

The great news is that you are NOT alone also there is a plethora of information and resources that you can access at home! Nonetheless, therapy (all types) works and it’s never weak to reach out for help. First, let’s define depression.

What is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder, one that makes you feel continual sadness or general lack of interest in life. Most people feel depressed or sad throughout their life. This is a normal reaction to a loss or challenging situations.

But when deep sadness — including feeling hopeless & helpless lasts for many days to weeks and keeps you from living your life, it may be something more than sadness. You could have clinical depression, which is a treatable medical condition.

It’s important to know that depression isn’t a one size-fits-all. It can be mild to moderate with symptoms of apathy, minimal appetite, difficulty sleeping, low self-esteem, and low-grade fatigue to major depression, with symptoms of depressed mood most of the day, diminished interest in daily activities, weight fluctuations, insomnia or even hypersomnia, fatigue, feelings of guilt almost daily, and recurring thoughts of death or suicide.

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Additionally, anxiety and depression can go hand-in-hand. We’ve published a 3-part Anxiety Series, you can access that by clicking here, where you’ll find the first installment.

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