We tend to use the word Depression quite loosely, but in this case, we are talking about Clinical Depression know as Major Depressive Disorder. Depression is more than feeling sad. It can affect someone in their personal lives, family interactions, and education and job performance.
Symptom include a feeling of sadness or loss of interest or pleasure in previously pleasurable activities; plus
- Either excess sleep or inability to sleep including difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night or waking up earlier than necessary
- Reduced self-worth, guilt or feelings of low self esteem
- Lack of mental focus, forgetfulness and inability to concentrate
- Suicidal thoughts or thoughts you would be better off dead
- Unexplained loss of weight or weight gain
- Lack of appetite
- Moving slowly or agitation
- Frequent feeling of fatigue or low energy
- Inability to see the fun or humor in situations
- Extreme distaste for social interactions
If you are close to such a person and recognize these symptoms, suggesting an evaluation can be very helpful.
If you recognize symptoms of depression in yourself or others,
- Seek treatment – talk with your family doctor, a counselor or psychiatrist
- Exercise – While this may not be a cure, it improves your health overall
- Keep trying to dot things and look for pleasure. Treatment results take time
- East healthy
- See a counselor or therapist
Please remember that depression is treatable. Untreated Depression over an extended period can increase the risk of other medical problems and affect family, friends, educational achievements and jobs.