Thursday, December 8, 2016

Depression, what does it look like?

Despair comes like an unwelcome guest arriving at the most inconvenient of times. Dark clouds like a misty fog begin to settle in for a visit, long or short, no one knows just how long the visit will last.

Murky thoughts deep in self-reflection settle in to take over every waking and sleeping thought. Goals and intentions long planned take a back seat as despair reaches into every oracle and orifice humanly conceivable. No longer does the human machine persevere in its daily endeavors. Life stands still while despair is around.

Self-preservation allows despair to take over, as the self gives up to the unwelcome guest. Dreams and desires no longer have a place within this sphere. Time itself moves at its own pace, minutes, hours even days become a blur. The simple act of breathing becomes labored and inconsequential. Power and control are the factors involved while despair hangs around.

Never invited and truth be told, hardly ever mentioned; despair is the genetic tie that brings us the closest to our past. As we are not the first and indeed won’t be the last to experience this unwelcome guest to creep into our existence.

As humans we are created with the capability to express and feel emotions; positive emotions that allow us to fully experience the joyful things in life. Balance is universal, and as such, negative emotions are also part of being human. Without both ends of the spectrum we would never know how good the little joys really are. However, some negative emotions are to the extreme and cause emotions that begin to spiral out of our control. We are also created to survive, once we reach the threshold of what we can handle on our own, the emotions may become overwhelming.

Feeling down or sad, is normal from time to time. Usually last for a couple of days. However, depression if more than down or sad, it last longer then a couple of days, and get's in the way of living life, it brings on emotional and sometimes physical pain, not only for the person experiencing depression, but also for those who care about you. Depression is a common but it can be a very serious and severe depression can be devastating, life altering if left untreated. Severe depression can be helped with medication, along with support of professionals who can help along the process of understanding how to defeat depression and move forward.

Symptoms include:
             Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
             Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
             Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
             Irritability, restlessness
             Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
             Fatigue and decreased energy
             Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
             Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
             Overeating, or appetite loss
             Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
             Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.

Transitioning from marketing and contract management, I was allowed the opportunity to return to school and study my life's dream of working with people in overcoming childhood trauma and abuse. Education includes a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology through Argosy University (2007), and in the home stretch of completing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. Also, pursuing my Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D. specializing in Transpersonal Counseling through the University of Sedona. Trained as a psychotherapist I've come to find a more fulfilling approach to helping others through the practice of "Transformational Coaching".
Cheryl Wheeler


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