"Man is disturbed not by things, but by the views he takes of them." Epictetus
Everyone at one time or another has felt depressed, sad, or down. Being depressed is a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or an injured self-esteem. But sometimes the feeling of sadness becomes intense and is accompanied by other symptoms lasting for long periods of time, making it difficult or impossible for one to lead their life as they would like.
These are some of the signs and symptoms of depression:
insomnia or excessive sleeping
feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
difficulty concentrating, or making decisions
change in appetite, weight gain or loss
recurrent somatic complaints
suicidal thoughts or attempts
How Can Therapy Help?
Psychotherapy can help a person who suffers from symptoms of depression in several ways. First, supportive counseling helps ease the pain of depression, and addresses the feelings of hopelessness that accompany it. Second, therapy helps a person identify and challenge pessimistic ideas, unrealistic expectations, and overly critical self-evaluations that create depression and sustain it. It also helps him/her to develop realistic life goals and a more positive self-assessment. Third, therapy helps a person identify and change the areas of his/her life that are creating significant stress and contributing to the depression. It helps one to develop better coping skills and improve interpersonal relationships.