Everyone feels sad from time to time. Depression is something more.
Depression is a chronic, debilitating condition that undermines your ability to engage life on life's terms. It sometimes feels sad. But it can also feel tired, listless, unmotivated or apathetic.
Sometimes a friend or family member may approach a person struggling with depression with an intent to encourage.
- "Cheer up!"
- "Get out and enjoy life!"
- "You need to smile more!"
Easier said the done. If you are struggling with depression, you know that you need more than just a change in attitude.
Depression can be caused by many factors including one's genenome, life events, environmental factors, or physiological changes in the body.
Signs of depression may include one or more of the following:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Aches, pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that don't ease with treatment
If you or someone you know may be struggling
with depression, call us. We can help.