Conditions we treat
“Depression is a complex mental health condition that involves dispositional factors, situational triggers and depressive thoughts of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness.”
It is characterized by persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities. It can also disturb sleep and appetite; difficulties in concentration, fatigue, and procrastination are common. People who suffer from depression tend to have negative thinking, persistent negative mood, lack confidence and strength, feel stuck, numb, lifeless.
When depression is caused by an external situation or major life stress – such as divorce, death of a loved one, job loss, trauma, stressful marriage -, such depression is called exogenous, situational or reactive. When it is caused by the mood even when nothing has changed, for no visible reason, this type is called endogenous depression as it comes from neurobiological changes or biochemical processes in the brain.
Depression is a pattern that has a destructive voice according to Knaus, as follows: “I am depression. Cold like an arctic mist, I dampen your spirit and your soul. I fill your thoughts with gloom. When I am with you, you are but a withered leaf beneath wet snow with nowhere to go. Still, I can do much more. I can fill your mind with graveyard thoughts and make you teary. I can cause you to complain and bicker. I can make you feel uncertain. I can drain all pleasure from your life. I can drive laughter into the shadows. I can dig you into a hole so deep that you can’t see the top. I can then overwhelm you with thoughts of helplessness and hopelessness, so you won’t try to get out. I am the mood of depression. I alone can control what you feel and do.”