Adult depression is painful and can be caused by a wide range of issues including loss, grief, high stress, trauma, major life transitions, illness, and relationship problems. It can be a very isolating and hopeless experience as depression can make difficult it to feel joy, complete your day-to-day tasks, and socialize with your friends and family. You may also experience changes in eating, sleeping, and energy levels. Feelings of isolation, self-criticism, guilt, shame and worthlessness are often present and you may blame yourself for how you’re feeling. Know that many excellent treatment options exist and that you do not have to do this alone.
Individuals who belong to historically marginalized groups may be particularly at risk for depressive symptoms given the negative impacts of chronic stress resulting from experiences of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and xenophobia. We get it as we have also lived it. Research shows that individuals from marginalized communities may be less likely to seek and receive effective treatment given the difficulty of finding therapists who we feel safe with and feel understood by.