Depression is an Illness
Do you know the signs of depression? They include:
- Feeling sad, empty, hopeless, or numb. Are these feelings with you most of the day, every day?
- Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy. You might no longer bother with hobbies that you used to love. You might not like being around friends. You might lose interest in sex.
- Irritability or anxiety. You might be short-tempered and find it hard to relax.
- Trouble concentrating. Depression can make it hard to think clearly or concentrate. Making a simple choice can seem overwhelming.
- Feeling guilty or worthless. These feelings are often exaggerated or inappropriate to the situation. You might feel guilty for things that aren't your fault or that you have no control over. Or you may feel intense guilt for minor mistakes.
- Thoughts of death and suicide. These types of thoughts vary. Some people wish that they were dead, feeling that the world would be better off without them. Others make very explicit plans to hurt themselves.
- Exhaustion and fatigue. No matter how much you sleep, you may still feel tired or worn out. Getting out of bed in the morning may seem very hard, even impossible.
- Sleeping problems. Many people with depression can't sleep well anymore. They wake up too early or can't fall asleep when they go to bed. Others sleep much more than normal.
- Change in appetite or weight. Some people with depression lose their appetite and lose weight. Others find they crave certain foods -- like carbohydrates -- and weigh more.
If you or someone you care about has these signs of depression, talk to your family physician or medical provider.
Depression is an illness and it can be treated. Get help now!