Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity. A depressed person will experience or display some of the following:
- Persistent sadness, anxiety or feelings of emptiness
- Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and/or pessimism.
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Contemplating suicide or suicide attempt
- Problems concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Persistent aches, pains or digestive problems that are resistant to treatment
- Irritability or restlessness
- Insomnia, waking early, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Loss of interest in activities that once were pleasurable (e.g., hobbies, sex, social activities, etc.
(The above is from wkipidia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depression_%28mood%29)
Depression is not uncommon to people recovering from addiction. We all under go a drastic change in our out look towards life, when we realize that our addictions had clouded our reality. Depression will pass over time, but severe cases should be treated my a medical professional, because like addiction, if it is left untreated it can and will, in many cases, get worse.
As we learn to accept our new out look we start to find healthy avenues to live our lives and move forward in positive, life embracing ways.