In the depths of our thoughts, a silent epidemic often goes unnoticed: depression. It’s one of the most frequent mental health challenges therapists address, yet countless individuals suffer in silence, unaware of its grasp on their lives. Often, its symptoms get mixed up with those of other mental health challenges, especially anxiety. That’s why it’s vital to highlight the clear signs of depression and emphasize the importance of recognizing and finding the right tools to cope with them. In a world where mental health is more important than ever, let’s look at these symptoms as warning signs that shouldn’t be ignored:

· Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

· Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism

· Feelings of irritability, frustration, or restlessness

· Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness

· Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities

· Decreased energy, fatigue, or feeling slowed down

· Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

· Difficulty sleeping, waking early in the morning, or oversleeping

· Changes in appetite or unplanned weight changes

· Physical aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not have a clear physical cause and do not go away with treatment

· Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts

As we delve into the symptoms of depression, it’s worth noting that depression often intersects with childhood trauma, becoming a secondary mental health issue when traumatic experiences have occurred. That’s why we must recognize the pivotal role that preventative services play in breaking the cycle of childhood trauma and depression. Failure to act now could have severe consequences in the future.

Did you know that 50 percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14? And that mental health struggles can significantly impact a child’s educational, mental, social and physical well-being. Untreated mental health challenges have a lasting impact on the health and wellness of our children, families and society.

At the Children’s Home Society of Florida, our mental health counselors are working to break the cycle of childhood trauma and depression. By intervening before these issues turn into crises, we aim to empower families to stay safe, strong, and together. In our communities, children will have greater opportunities to flourish.

Our counseling sessions are tailored to each individual and family’s specific needs. Our team of skilled and compassionate professionals are dedicated to assisting you in harnessing your strengths to overcome the obstacles you face. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment, ensuring a warm and empathetic experience throughout your counseling journey.

During National Depression Awareness Month, we emphasize the importance of empowering children, families, and individuals to seek and pursue opportunities for success and happiness. With the support CHS, more families gain access to trauma-informed, compassionate mental health services when they need them most. If you, or someone you know, is struggling, remember that there is help available. Don’t hesitate to reach out because every step towards addressing depression and childhood trauma counts in building a healthier, brighter future for all. To learn more, visit