Signs of Depression
Most people feel down in the dumps at times, but if you have been having some of these symptoms almost every day for more than 2 weeks, or cannot fulfill your responsibilities or have ideas of suicide, you should contact a professional immediately.
Feeling depressed or irritable most of the day
Have lost interest in previously enjoyed activities
Have had a change in weight, or increase or decrease in appetite
insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much)
increased or decreased agitation or activity as noticed by others
fatigue or loss of energy
feelings of worthlessness or guilt
diminished concentration or indecisiveness
thoughts of death or suicidal ideation
Clinical depression is not a bad mood, or something to feel ashamed of but rather a disease that affects 16 million adult Americans as well as children and adolescents. There are many effective treatments ranging from psychotherapy to pharmaceuticals. Your health care provider can help you decide what is best for you. The recent tragic losses of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have demonstrated that anyone, even those who appear to have it together, can suffer from this debilitating disease.
If your symptoms are mild and not every day, you can help yourself by exercising- walking is good, and spending time talking to supportive friends and family members. If they tell you to cheer up or get over it- they are not the ones to talk to!!
If you or a friend have thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you live in the Treasure Coast feel free to give me a call at 772-307-4175