Depression is best characterized by feeling sad or down over a longer period of time. Often, people who are depressed will also have felt that they no longer feel as interested in or find little joy in things that they are otherwise very fond of. For example, you may feel that your job, hobby or sport no longer excites you. the same positive feelings or make as much sense as before.

Symptoms of depression

💭 Have you ever been sad without understanding why?

💭 Is it hard to find joy in the things you usually love?

💭 Do you skip social activities to stay at home in bed?

💭 Is it difficult to get out of bed, shower, get dressed, smile, laugh and feel good?

All of these feelings and conditions can be characteristics of depression. Depression affects our feelings, thoughts and actions. Most often, the symptoms develop gradually. You can feel that things are pointless, that things that go wrong are your own fault, and that you are sometimes left with an awkward experience when you are social with others. When you have been persistently depressed, it can be harder to get up in the morning and sometimes depression will lead to you preferring to stay at home.

For many, depression can be experienced as so heavy that you no longer appear to be yourself. There are also many people who use most of their energy to appear as normal as possible, by either hiding or covering it up. Often it goes beyond one's closest relationships.

How common is depression?

The WHO / World Health Organization estimates that around 5% of adults suffer from depression. This means that approximately 280 million people in the world are currently suffering from depression. In other words, depression is a relatively common disorder. And there are different degrees of it, from mild to moderate to severe forms of depression.

When does depression become problematic?

Depression can negatively affect one's personal life and relationships, for example, family life, romantic relationships, ability to study or work. During a depressive episode, one can therefore experience that things go negatively beyond one's personal life, in relationships, in family life, romantic relationships, at work or with studies. It can also affect other important areas of our lives. Most often, depression is considered problematic when it starts to prevent you from doing things you should really be able to do. It can therefore be useful to seek help if you start to see indications that it is affecting the important aspects of life.

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How depression can be treated

As a rule, treatment for depression begins with a survey of the factors and causes that may have led to one becoming depressed. After the mapping, work is done to process and change these in conversion therapy. This can either be changing negative mindsets, looking more closely at relationships or focusing on specific problems you are struggling with.

At Dr. Dropin Psykologi, you meet experienced and skilled therapists who can help you with depression. We know how important it is to have the right chemistry to get a good result from the conversation. Get to know our psychologists better, so that you can find the psychologist that suits you.

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