People often wonder what depression can be, because it is not the picture that many people envision. This is not a sign of weakness or negative personality; it simply means that you need some help in the moment. Often this is due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. Major depression is considered an episode of sadness or apathy (lack of interest or concern), along with some other symptoms, that lasts at least two weeks and is severe enough to interfere with your daily activities. Depression is a considerable public health condition that is very treatable.
Emotional Symptoms:
The principal symptoms of depression are having a sad mood or a loss of interest in life. Activities and hobbies that you used to look forward to may lose their appeal. It is possible that you may feel guilty even when there is nothing to feel guilty about, feel worthless, have feelings of helplessness, or having thoughts of suicide. If you ever having thoughts of suicide immediately reach out for help. The national suicide hotline is always available at 1-800-273-8255; or you can chat anonymously on their website at .
Physical Symptoms:
Depression can also be linked to physical symptoms. This can include feeling fatigue and a decrease in energy. You may also have some insomnia and/or early morning awakening. Conversely you may feel more tired than normal or have excessive sleepiness. It is also possible to have persistent aches and pains, cramps, headaches, or digestive problems that do not resolve with treatment. A change in your appetite is possible, and can occur either with an increase or a decrease in appetite.
Without proper treatment depression can have a significant impact on your daily life. Your career, hobbies, and lifestyle may all be affected. People may even stop enjoying sex, and relationships can suffer. Knowing this information helps you to be more aware if your mood starts to change. If you feel like you are becoming depressed or are experiencing depression, please reach out for help. Treating the chemical imbalance in the brain or finding other modalities that may help is part of the treatment process. Let us help you if you feel depressed.