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Recognizing Depression

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

People tend to think that depression involves being sad and hiding away from the world. While that may be a part of it, depression can be much deeper than that. Depressed individuals often refer to depression as a dark cloak, dark cloud, or blackhole that dulls everything. The sense of something heavy settling in, and not being able to shift this.

People cannot just “think their way out of depression”. They often know what is happening, but the weight of depression makes them freeze up, unable to see past the darkness. Even more confusing and scary if it’s the first time someone is experiencing depression. It is important to look out for the symptoms of depression in yourself and others, to make sure you can get the help you need and support others early on in the process.  

Some symptoms of depression include:

  • Low, depressed mood

  • Loss of pleasure in previously enjoyed activities

  • Loss of motivation

  • Sense of numbness

  • Fatigue

  • Foggy thoughts & indecisiveness

  • Reduced movement

  • Changes in weight

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt

  • Loss of hope in a future

  • Difficulties in concentration

  • Desire for things to end, suicidal thoughts, thoughts about death.

Not all of these symptoms have to be present for someone to be depressed and not everyone who experiences these symptoms has depression. However, they are a good guideline when you are noticing a change in yourself and others. Understanding more about depression is essential to overcoming it.

Therapy can help you to navigate out of the dark passages of depression and restore you back to your old positive self. For more information or to book a consultation with psychologist Dr. Esslin Terrighena, please contact (852) 2521 4668 or

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