Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad but these feelings are short-lived and pass within a few days. When you have depression, it will normally last longer than a few days and interfere with daily life. Grief, losing a job, major illness, chronic stress or major life issues such as divorce (to name a few) can cause depression. Many people with a depression never seek treatment. But the majority who do, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with proper treatment.
Signs and symptoms of depression:
- Sad or irritable mood
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Diminished interest in or enjoyment of activities
- Lack of energy
- Problems concentrating
- Suicidal thoughts or gestures
- Social withdrawal
- Sleeplessness or hypersomnia
- Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or guilt
- Frequent crying episodes
If you believe you (or someone you know) is experiencing depression the most important thing you can do is seek. A family physician or licensed therapist will be able assess if you have depression and provide available treatment recommendations. For questions or to schedule an appointment with Christina Romero, click here.