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Have you ever felt like you were constantly sad and had no idea why? Many of us can go through periods of feeling down, but how do we recognize when this is something more? 

We all experience sadness differently, and it’s important to know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to the question “why am I always sad?”. In this blog post, we will explore some of the common causes of long term sadness, as well as steps you can take to start feeling better. 

Read on to learn more about why you might be feeling down and what you can do about it.

Do I have Depression?

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It’s normal to feel down from time to time, but if you’re always sad, it could be a sign of depression. Depression is a serious mental illness that can cause a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, insomnia, weight loss or gain, and difficulty concentrating. 

If you’re always sad and you’re experiencing any of these other symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation. It’s also important to remember depression is a disease, just like diabetes or cancer. It is a real, recognized medical condition. The good news is, because of this, it can be effectively treated and managed. 

There are different types of depression, each with its own unique symptoms and causes. 

Major depressive disorder, also called clinical depression, is the most common type of depression. It is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness or emptiness, loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed, sleep disturbances, and/or changes in appetite. Generally, to be diagnosed with MDD one has to have had feelings of persistent sadness for more than two weeks at a time. 

Other types of depression include dysthymia (a chronic, but less severe form of depression), postpartum depression (depression that occurs after childbirth), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and bipolar disorder (a condition that causes periods of both depressed mood and elevated mood).

Symptoms Of Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that can cause a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It can also lead to physical symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, and appetite changes. 

Depression can impact every aspect of your life, including your relationships, work, and ability to enjoy activities you once enjoyed. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to seek professional help.

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleep problems (insomnia or excessive sleeping)
  • Fatigue or decreased energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it might be more than just a passing feeling, it could be medical. You should speak to someone who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis. 

Causes Of Depression

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There are many potential causes of depression, and it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause or causes in any given case. However, there are some common contributing factors that may play a role. These include:

  • Genetic predisposition: Some people may be more likely to develop depression due to genetics. This could mean that it runs in their family, or it could be related to specific genes that have been linked to increased risk for the condition.

  • Neurochemical imbalance: Depression has been linked to imbalances in certain brain chemicals, including serotonin and norepinephrine. These imbalances can be caused by genetic factors, environmental stressors, or other biochemical processes.
  • Hormonal changes: Changes in hormone levels can also contribute to depression. This is often seen during times of hormonal upheaval such as puberty, perimenopause, and menopause. It can also occur in response to hormonal changes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Stressful life events: Major life stressors (such as job loss, divorce, or death of a loved one) can trigger an episode of depression. Even smaller day-to-day stresses can add up over time and contribute to the development of the condition.

Treatments For Depression

There are many different treatments for depression, and the best course of action depends on the individual. Some people may need medication to get their symptoms under control, while others may benefit from therapy or lifestyle changes. Often, treatment includes all of these things. 

  • Medication: Antidepressants are the most common type of medication used to treat depression. They can take several weeks to start working, so it’s important to be patient and keep taking them even if you don’t feel better right away. If one antidepressant doesn’t work, your doctor may prescribe a different one.

  • Therapy: Talking to a therapist can be a huge help when you’re struggling with depression. They can provide support and guidance, and help you develop healthy coping mechanisms. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a therapist in person, there are also many online therapy options available.

  • Lifestyle changes: Making some simple lifestyle changes can also be helpful for treating depression. Exercise and spending time outside in nature have both been shown to boost mood, so try to get moving every day. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and avoiding alcohol and drugs can also make a big difference.

When To Seek Help If You’re Always Feeling Sad

If you are feeling sad more often than not, it may be time to seek help. Here are some signs that it may be time to talk to a professional:

  • You can’t seem to enjoy anything anymore
  • You’re struggling to get through each day
  • You’re withdrawing from friends and activities you used to enjoy
  • You’re using alcohol or drugs to cope
  • You’re having thoughts of harming yourself or others

Reach Out For Help Now— You Don’t Have To Do This Alone

The feelings of sadness can be a difficult thing to cope with, but by understanding the reasons why you are feeling this way, it is possible for you to create strategies that will help you manage and overcome these emotions. 

Whether it’s talking about your issues with someone close to you or seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor, there are many avenues available for finding relief. 

Remember—you don’t have to go through this alone. Reach out and ask for the support that could make all the difference in your journey towards happiness. You can always call us at 727-513-6799 for more information. 

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