You feel empty or gloomy, you no longer feel like doing anything, you no longer enjoy eating, you cry a lot, you are often agitated and tired, you experience problems sleeping, concentration problems and thoughts of death play a role. You no longer function well at school or work and you do not feel like doing anything.
If the above has been happening to you for at least two weeks, you are most likely depressed.
Depression is a very common condition. It disrupts your daily activities, such as your work, study, family life and contact with other people. You don't have to feel ashamed or guilty.
- Depression has nothing to do with unwillingness or a weak disposition.
- Sometimes depression runs in families. Heredity can play a role in this.
- One is more vulnerable than the other.
- Certain substances (neurotransmitters) that are in everyone's blood and nervous system play a role in depression.
- If someone had a difficult childhood or feels little supported by their environment, this can also influence the development of depression.
- Depression can sometimes start after a major event that causes a lot of sadness.
- Experiencing violence (assault, rape, war violence) can also cause depression.
- People with a chronic illness, such as diabetes mellitus, COPD or rheumatism, are more likely to become depressed.
Depression and sadness can be treated very well in many cases. Together with your therapist, you look at what causes you to be out of balance. We work with you in a solution-oriented way to regain balance, so that your complaints can decrease. If your complaints are more serious, cognitive behavioral therapy is often also applied.
Your treatment may consist of:
- individual therapy;
- family therapy;
- group therapy;
- relaxation therapy;
You will receive an explanation about the complaints and how unhelpful thoughts can ensure that you continue to feel bad. You will also learn how to convert unhelpful thoughts into helpful thoughts. You will also receive information about how to relax better.
Sometimes (temporary) antidepressants or a sedative are prescribed in combination with therapy. These can reduce anxiety and clear up the highs and lows in mood. However, medication is only prescribed when it is really necessary.