Recovery Online Therapy- William I. Perry, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Online Therapist
Am I Clinically Depressed?
William Perry, Ph.D. Online Therapy for help with Alcoholism, Drug Addictions, Anxiety, Depression Internet Therapy Online Psychotherapy | Online Therapist | Online Psychologist with over 25 Years Experience
What is Depression?
Everyone at times feels sad or blue, usually in response to a loss of some kind. But the sadness is appropriate to the situation and usually goes away within a couple of days. When you have depression your daily life becomes very hard to do, and it normally lasts a long time. It is a serious and very common disorder, for which very few people get help. Please remember that depression is also a physical disorder – It is not a sign of weakness or flaws in your personality.
Expecting to “just get over it” is like asking a person with a broken leg to “Just run the marathon!” It does not respond to will power. Will power is an ineffective tool against depression. There is also what I call “The Depressive Dilemma,” whereby you know what would be helpful, such as exercise, but part of the disorder is a huge resistance to doing those things that would help– exercise, talk to people, seek treatment, etc.
WHAT CAUSES DEPRESSION?
It is normally a combination of genetic, psychological and environmental factors. It tends to, but not always, run in families. If it is in your family you are many times more likely to have at least one depressive episode than those without the genetic predisposition. Again, it is a disorder of the brain, not a sign of personality weakness or psychosis, although its manifestation is emotional as well as physical. Depressed people who say “My heart feels broken” are literally expressing themselves. It physically feels that way.
One or more of the above signs in the right column may indicate a clinical depression. You would probably benefit from talking with a psychologist or other mental health professional. Please feel free to contact me for a free consultation. While I see many of my patients in person, I frequently see depressed individuals in my online therapy, where the energy to go to an office, which your depression will resist, won’t be necessary.