The word depression can be confusing. It’s normal to feel depressed from time to time when bad things happen.

You have become clinically depressed when you have other symptoms, like change in appetite (could be increased or decreased), fatigue, sleeping problems (too much or too little), trouble concentrating, feeling slowed down or agitated, self-loathing or guilt, loss of the ability to experience pleasure, and thoughts of death or feeling that life is not worth living.

You’re not talking about just the occasional bad day but rather sustained periods that interferes with your life. You feel bad for weeks (and sometimes months or years) at a time and it’s hard or impossible to lift yourself out of the hole you’ve fallen into.

Blog posts on this topic

Expressive Arts Therapy & Complex Mental Health

Today, we have a guest post from our PMVC member Lydia Charak. In this post, Lydia discusses Expressive Arts Therapy and complex mental health. We would like to thank Lydia for her thoughtful discussion of Expressive Arts Therapy and for … Continue reading →

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression

Do you feel sad much of the time?  Does it seem as if nothing feels good, as if you don’t care about anything?  If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, chances are you have depression.  Severe depression or Major … Continue reading →

What is Depression?

Chances are, you’ve heard someone say “I’m depressed today” to describe a terrible mood that lifts at the end of the day.  You may also have heard someone say “I’m depressed” because they have been sad for many days for … Continue reading →

Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic (PMVC): A client’s perspective

This is the second in a series of blogs that will introduce you to an innovative approach to mental health care pioneered by Psychotherapy Matters: the Psychotherapy Matters Virtual Clinic or PMVC.   We hope to report regularly on the … Continue reading →