D epression is more than a feeling of sadness. People with depression may experience a general lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight gain or loss, insomnia or excess sleep, lack of energy, lack of concentration, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, and even in some occasions recurring thoughts of death or suicide.
D epression can occur on any occasion and it is not your fault. You are at increased risk for depression when you are experiencing difficult situations. Here are some examples:
Some people experience depression only at certain times of the year, it’s called “seasonal affective disorder.”
I f you think you may be experiencing depression, think of someone to talk to. It is not always easy to ask for help, but it is important to externalize your feelings: other people will not be able to help you if they do not know what you are going through.
L ater it will be necessary to seek specialized help. For example, talk to your family doctor for a referral to a psychologist, or look for a psychologist who seems to you a good option.
R ecovery can occur at different stages. It takes time to recover and return to your old routines. The first step is to leave behind negative thoughts and guilt. Don’t blame yourself or be ashamed: 1 in 4 people have suffered from depression. It’s OK to ask for help and take time for yourself.
As part of the COVID-19 epidemic and following the recommendations of the Belgian Commission of Psychologists, the office remains open but only with online consultations by Skype.
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