Seattle, the time is here in the season where rain befalls us every single day without fail from morning through noon and into night. The showers stop to let a little sun shine though, but then it resumes – much to our collective dismay. Although the rain will not stick around forever, sometimes it feels like it just might and then, all of a sudden, everything turns a shade of gray.
Depression is like wearing sunglasses that have black and white lenses in them. Everywhere you look, the color is non-existent. It’s bland. Sad. Low. Medication and/or talk therapy have been shown to considerably reduce the symptoms of depression and treat it. There is nothing wrong with being depressed. The stigma that used to befall this psychological disorder has been replaced with scientific evidence in favor of it being a fairly common condition. In fact, it is estimated that 10 percent of the U.S. population is affected by depression. Depression is very high in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
If you are feeling a little “down” during the fall and winter months and any of the above describes your view of life, you may want to consider checking out the Depression Test to see if you might be showing signs of a seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or another type of depression. The Despression Test is located here.
The Depression Test can be completed in a confidential manner and may be helpful when trying to decipher the emotions and thoughts that may or may not contribute to a possible depressive state. The Depression Test does not replace your doctor and you should always consult your physician to ensure that you are receiving the best possible care.