If you suffer from chronic depression, you know that it is more than just feeling “blue” or “down”. Depression is dealing with feelings that are deeper than sadness. Depression sufferers have with these depressive feelings and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day. It is very difficult to shake depression on your own, that’s why we’re here to help.
Signs of Depression in Women
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in our country. It affects everything about your life from how you feel, to how you sleep and eat, to even just how you handle daily tasks. Researchers know that is caused by a combination of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors. Life traumas and stress — and/or a family history of depression — can put you at a higher risk for developing depression.
If you are not sure if you suffer from depression, ask yourself if you frequently and persistently experience any of the following signs of depression:
- ongoing feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- a short temper and irritability
- a loss of interest in things that used to give you pleasure
- difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- trouble sleeping or difficulty waking up
- appetite and weight changes (either extreme gain or loss)
- using sex, drugs, alcohol or food to “make you feel better”
- suicidal ideation (suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death)
You do not have to have every symptom to be battling depression. But if any of these, or a combination of them, are affecting your ability to function daily and in a healthy way, you may be depressed.
Even the most severe cases of depression can be treated. While no two people are affected the exact same way, there are proven treatments that are highly successful. An essential part of kicking depression is therapy or counseling. A Friend’s House gets to know our residents personally and uses “talk therapy”, problem-solving therapy, and behavioral therapy applications to help women conquer their depression.
A Friend’s House is more than just a depression treatment center; but because this illness strikes so many women in today’s society, depression treatment is a large part of the highly successful services we provide in our long-term transitional housing program. We hope that if you are battling depression, feeling hopeless, or dealing with suicidal thoughts, you will read our Success Stories to learn more about how we have helped young women dealing with depression and other difficult challenges in their lives.
As E, one of our graduates, explains,
“I honestly don’t know where I would be right now if I had not come to A Friend’s House. For many years, I just sort of accepted that I may never be truly happy. Even at the times when I was hopeful that someday I would know what it meant to really experience joy, it was mostly just a distant dream. Coming here has shown me that joy is possible.For the first time I can remember, I am genuinely excited about life—not about upcoming events, but about simply living. A Friend’s House is the instrument that God used to show me that joy is a reality. For that, I am eternally grateful.”