We all experience changes in our mood. Situations can prompt us to feel sad or overwhelmed when we've had a loss, struggle, or setback. Feeling sad or temporarily feeling 'blue' is a normal part of life. When you begin feeling 'blue' or sad more times than not, it would be good to differentiate between depression and a "down mood". Depression can make it difficult to function in your day to day life. When you are depressed things might seem hopeless. You may feel tired all the time or as if you are in a dark cloud. While some people use the word 'depressed' to explain a feeling, it is much more than a feeling. Listed below are some symptoms of depression (not all people experience the same symptoms).
Signs of Depression include, but are not limited to:
- Irregular sleep patterns (too much or not enough)
- Difficulty with concentration
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
- Change in appetite (loss of appetite or increase in eating)
- Irritable mood and agitation
- Loss of interest in activities
- Thoughts that life is not worth living
Depression varies from person to person. For some people symptoms may be more transient and for others symptoms may linger and become disabling. This makes it very important to seek help before you are overwhelmed by depressive symptoms. Some individuals try to self medicate with alcohol or drugs to alleviate depressive symptoms of depression. Alcohol and narcotics are depressants and will increase depressive symptoms. It is important to identify the signs of depression for yourself or a loved one and then seek the help necessary. Each individual is different and may need a different or individualized treatment plan to help them. With depression comes a risk of suicide when hopelessness and despair become overwhelming. Any signs of suicide are important to take seriously and seek help immediately.
Warning Signs of Suicide include but are not limited to:
- Talking about harming oneself
- Preoccupation with death or dying
- Sudden switch in mood from extreme depression to calm
- Acting recklessly
With help available, it is so important to reach out rather than allow depression to linger. We respect your privacy and we can help you.