If you have been feeling sad and blue for two weeks or more, you may be experiencing depression. Depression, caused by biochemical changes in the brain and by environmental circumstances, can be helped by either counseling or medication. The strongest intervention would be a combination of both therapy and an antidepressant. Any form of exercise is also very beneficial as it raises the serotonin level in the brain, which increases mood and a sense of well being.

Some, but not all, signs of depression include: sadness, crying spells, feeling hopeless, loss of pleasure or satisfaction in life, loneliness, changes in sleep or appetite, and suicidal urges. If you are experiencing any of these signs, please consider taking the Burns Depression Checklist inventory for depression. If you score anywhere from the moderate to extreme range of depression, professional help may be of assistance to you.


Licensed Professional Counselor Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Birmingham Alabama