Depression is a mood disorder that can cause significant disruption to your daily life by making it difficult to function in your home, at work, or in your social life. Depression is typically marked by low moods, loss of interest in almost all enjoyable activities, persistent tiredness, a sense of worthlessness and a feeling of hopelessness. People suffering from depression may also experience sleep disturbances, an inability to concentrate, an unintentional increase or decrease in eating, and thoughts of death.
About 8% of all Americans have a depressive episode each year. Some studies have found that the rate of depression tripled during the COVID pandemic. Depression is part of the human range of moods, and thankfully is treatable. Many people find that medication, psychotherapy, or both provide lasting relief and an increase psychological capability to cope with periods of depressed moods. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are just two effective treatments.
If you are experiencing symptoms that get in the way of living your life, it's time to look for help. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately. Hotlines are staffed with crisis intervention specialists waiting to help, and most law enforcement personnel are trained on mental health issues. You don't have to suffer.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Dial 911 emergency
In Tallahassee and surroundings, Dial 211 helpline
2014 Delta Blvd Tallahassee
78 11th St Suite 3A Apalachicola