Do you feel like your happiness is out of your control? We all go through periods where we feel sad or hopeless. General feelings of sadness may be caused by disappointment or a loss, and the feelings lessen over time. Depression, however, is different from feeling sad, and the earlier you are able to recognize and understand your depression the better.
Depression comes in a variety of forms and levels, and there are many approaches to treatment. Behavioral therapy focuses on your actions and how you can break free from harmful cycles. Cognitive therapy emphasizes helping you understand what you are thinking and how you can change negative thought patterns. Additionally, these approaches can be used together to work on your experience as a whole person.
You may have tried to work through or move past your depression on your own, but you can’t seem to shake feelings of despair and chronic sadness. Alternately, you not be sure if you are sad and need time or depressed and need treatment. This test is not meant to diagnose depression, but it can call attention to possible depression indicators. For an official depression diagnosis, you need to see a trained counselor.
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