When is it more than just a bad mood?
It’s common to go through emotional ups and downs. Feeling sadness is a normal part of life – however the constant sadness characterized by depression is not normal. When sadness, apathy and lack of motivation engulf your everyday it may be symptoms of clinical depression.
Are you depressed? If several of these symptoms are persistent in your life, it may be clinical depression:
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
- Acting more aggressive, irritable or short-tempered than usual
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Lack of concentration, tasks that were once simple now are difficult
- Change in appetite: eating too littler or too much
- Difficulty controlling negative thoughts
- Consuming more alcohol or engaging in reckless behavior
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.
- Thoughts of suicide or that life is not worth living (seek help IMMEDIATELY if this is the case)
Symptoms of depression can vary for each person, however it is important to recognize your depression symptoms – many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. The good news is that even those with the most severe depression can get better with treatment. Treatment options vary for each person, however medication, psychotherapies and other combinations of methods can be effective for people dealing with depression
If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of depression, it’s important to seek professional help. Finding a doctor and developing a personalized treatment plan offer the best opportunity to overcome your depression symptoms.
Looking to learn more about depression? The National Institute of Mental Health offers a detailed overview here. Other resources include: Mental Health America’s depression screener, The American Psychological Association.