Depression is a very common mood disorder and is much more than just occasionally feeling sad or “blue.” In fact, around 15 million American teens and adults are currently living with depression and over 300 million people around the world, of all ages, genders, and ethnicities are suffering from depression.
Although there are many different types and causes of depression, many of the symptoms are the same. Here are some symptoms to look out for in yourself or a loved one:
- Persistent feelings of sadness, irritability, hopelessness, guilt or worthlessness
- Decreased energy or fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Insomnia, including difficulty falling asleep or waking up frequently throughout the night
- Sleeping too much
- Loss of interest in hobbies or activities that used to bring you joy
- Low appetite and weight loss
- Eating too much leading to weight gain
- Persistent pain or other physical symptoms that can’t be attributed to medical causes.
- Thoughts of death or suicide
A person who is feeling suicidal or thinking about suicide needs help right away. It is important to contact a suicide crisis line or call 911 if someone is in imminent danger of hurting him- or herself.
The good news is that depression can be very treatable, but the first step is to contact a mental health professional who can help. If you or someone you know may be depressed, make an appointment with one of our specially trained and qualified counselors who can help you start to feel better.