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Do I have an Anger Problem?

"I have no energy and no patience. Everything feels like too much work and I’m not interested in anything. The joy is gone and I don't know if it will ever come back. I can't seem to get to sleep and if I do get to sleep, I wake up in the middle of the night and just can't get up on time in the morning. My sleep is definitely out of whack. I am having a hard time concentrating at work and I have lost my sense of humor. I cry at the littlest thing or get very angry. I just don't care anymore."

If your feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, extreme tiredness, difficulty sleeping, and a lack of interest in your activities persist for most of the day for at least two weeks, you may be depressed and counseling and medication may be necessary to assist you in getting beyond your depressive state.

Depression expressed as anger is a common response, particularly for men, to the intense feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, extreme tiredness, lack of sleep, and a loss of interest or joy in anything.  Many times we only think this person is angry and do not look at what the anger is related to. Listen to what this person is angry about and if it has persistent themes of helplessness and hopelessness, then this person may be depressed.

Depression is the “common cold” of the mind and is a brain disorder that affects your thoughts, moods, feelings, behavior, and physical health.  Depression is NOT A WEAKNESS.  It is a medical disorder and has a biological basis.  It appears to be caused by imbalances in three brain chemicals called neurotransmitters:  serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.  These neurotransmitters help regulate the secretion of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, melatonin, and endorphins, to affect mood and emotion.

Today, there are some very effective medications with few side effects that can be very helpful with depression.  Medication is an important aspect of treating the biochemical component of depression.  Healthy eating, vitamins, and physical exercise affect our biochemistry and therefore, our feelings of depression.