Happiness | Hope | Belonging | Meaning | Expectations | Challenges | Grief

Everyone feels down now and then. You know, that sinking, low energy feeling, where everything seems like a mountain? Sometimes it goes away. Sometimes you can just push through. Sometimes things change unexpectedly for the better.

And then there are times when you know you could use some help. You feel like it’s not getting better or you worry that it’s getting worse. You try to crawl out but the sides are too steep.

Depression colors our thoughts and beliefs. It affects the way we reason, and our ability to find pleasure in what we used to enjoy. We notice the things that are wrong more than the things that are right. It starts to make perfect sense to feel sad and hopeless. Our world becomes small and uncomfortable. Our relationships suffer. Our performance suffers. Help feels far away.

Every week I talk with people like you about experiences like this.