There are life events that happen that can make a person sad and being sad because of those events doesn’t necessarily mean you’re depressed. However, traumatic and life-changing events can trigger depression. When sadness lingers too long or obsessive thoughts take over your mind, it could help to talk with a therapist.
Through talking with a therapist, you can distinguish yourself from your thoughts and regain control of your internal conversation. In the event of life-changing or traumatic experiences, talking with a therapist can help put perspective on the experience and process related emotions. When prolonged and obsessive sadness develops into depression, talking with a therapist can give you mastery over your thoughts and over your life again.
Symptoms of depression:
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Changes in eating patterns
- Thoughts of suicide or self-harm