What Does Depression Feel Like?

We all experience a temporary sadness that goes away though, for some, the feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness are constant and have become a part of their regular lives.

Though it’s a term often used loosely to describe how we feel after a negative event (a breakup, loss of job for example), depression is actually a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.

Besides sadness being a response to life’s struggles, depression affects how you think, feel, and function in daily activities. After some time, it may also begin to impact your ability to work, enjoy life, and maintain relationships.

No matter how hopeless you may feel right now, remember that it doesn’t have to be permanent. By understanding the causes and signs of depression, you can take your first steps towards well-being.

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What Depression Can Feel Like

One of the biggest misconceptions about depression is that it’s similar to feeling sad or down. While many people with depression do feel sadness, it’s much more severe than what we feel in response to life’s events.

,p>Individuals may invalidate their feelings as they’ve been taught that this mental health condition is completely debilitating or paralyzing. However, there are other signs that indicate that what you’re experiencing is more than just feeling down.

So what does depression feel like? Some of the most common traits include:

  • Finding it difficult to enjoy life
  • Experiencing disruptive sleep patterns
  • Feeling worthless or a failure
  • Lack of energy so that even the “smallest” tasks take extra effort
  • Lack of energy for self-care
  • Anger or irritability
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating on work

It’s important to remember that the experience of depression isn’t uniform, it’s different for everyone. For example, one person may not be able to get out of bed whereas another may spend the whole day outside so that they’re not alone with their thoughts.


Causes of Depression

Although depression doesn’t have one single cause, there are a handful of factors that can contribute to it. Experts have found that a complex blend of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors is involved.

Depression is a long-lasting condition with the following possible risk factors:

  • Certain gene sets
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress and trauma
  • Substance misuse
  • Underlying medical issues
  • Significant life events

Without treatment, depression can get worse and last longer. If you’ve been experiencing multiple signs and traits of depression and feel it has progressed to the point it begins interfering with your life, it might be time to get help.

Manage Your Depression With Therapy

There’s a lot of stigma around depression, but we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone.

It’s estimated that one in fifteen people are affected by depression, and with the lasting impacts of COVID-19, it’s more prevalent than ever.

Our professional counsellors at Unique Peace Counselling are experienced with supporting depressed clients, so you can be rest assured that you’re in good hands. We are here to speak with you, answer questions, and provide support so that you can feel more aligned with your values.

Get in touch with us today and we can book your first appointment.

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Kalon Roy, RP

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I am Kalon Roy, a registered psychotherapist since 2017. I work with individuals, couples, and families to address various mental and emotional health challenges. My approach focuses on understanding your unique situation rather than relying solely on a diagnosis. Through empathy and personalized treatment plans, I aim to tackle the roots of your problems and help you reach your goals.
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