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  • Sam DiFranco

What is depression? At Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon Fl.

Depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a common diagnosis that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Depression can lead to feelings of sadness, emptiness, and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can make it difficult to function at work and at home. You may have trouble keeping up with your normal day-to-day activities and sometimes feel hopeless and like life isn’t worth living.

Some experience mild depression in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, that makes them feel sad or lonely, while others experience severe symptoms that inhibit them from getting out of bed or taking care of their hygiene and basic needs. Depression presents differently for each person, so it’s important to learn how it shows up for you so you can better understand how to treat it.

Depression isn’t a weakness or lack of willpower and you can’t simply “snap out of it.” While for some people depression can require long-term treatment but there is hope that things can improve. Most people with depression feel better with therapy at Affordable counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, medication, or a combination of the two.

Common symptoms of Depression

  1. Feeling sad or having a depressed mood

  2. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed

  3. Low motivation

  4. Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting

  5. Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

  6. Loss of energy or increased fatigue

  7. Anxiety, agitation or restlessness

  8. Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements

  9. Feeling worthless or guilty

  10. Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions

  11. Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression can seem overwhelming and debilitating, but it doesn’t have to be. Our therapists at Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, and Brandon FL, are here to help you find relief and live a meaningful, fulfilling life.


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