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Identifying Depression

By Shatyra Williams, MSW, RSW
The experience of depression can be debilitating and awful. Regardless of what may have triggered your depression, the darkness and gloom you are facing can wreak havoc over your life if left unattended to.  Clinical Depression is an extremely negative mood state that lasts at least two weeks (Barlow, D.2006).  During which time you are experiencing feelings of worthlessness, Inability to sleep or prolonged sleep, changes in appetite, weight loss or gain, low energy, inability to experience happiness or pleasure, and loss of interest in regular activities or interactions with others.  

There is Help

Small steps are better than no steps at all. When you are in the grips of depression, even the thought of seeking help can seem impossible. Take small steps towards mental wellness by giving yourself simple and realistic goals. For example, “today I am going to wake up at 10:00 am and go for a walk no matter how I feel.”  Even if you don’t make it out the door and you only meet your goal of waking up at 10:00 am as planned, you have taken a step.


Acknowledge that you are feeling depressed for a reason and you have likely experienced something that calls for a time of healing. Tend to this internal wound by confronting your experience head on. Talk to someone, journal your thoughts, see a counsellor, or confide in a friend.

You deserve to smile. You deserve energy. You may not be ready for change today, but keep in mind that you have the strength to overcome this problem at your own pace


 Barlow, D., Durand, M. Stewart, S. (2006) Anxiety Disorders.  Abnormal Psychology: An integrated Approach First Canadian Edition. Thompson Nelson. 

About the Author

Shatyra Williams MSW, RSW is a Toronto-based Social Worker with a passion for women's wellness. As Program Manager of RWRJ's Artistic Healing Group, Shatyra teaches healthy coping strategies to women survivors of trauma. Through a variety of creative educational techniques Shatyra helps women to challenge themselves, to embrace their imperfections, and to love their journey.