Signs of Depression: What to Look For

If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression:

Signs of depression

Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom listed below. Some individuals experience only a few symptoms while others may experience many. Some people may feel generally unhappy without the ability to pinpoint why. If these symptoms are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day-to-day functioning, such as work, school, social activities, or relationships with others, then reach out for help.

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability, angry outbursts or easily frustrated
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feelings of restlessness, agitation, or anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or sleeping too much
  • Reduced appetite, increased cravings and/or weight changes
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause

Treatment

Medications and psychotherapy are effective for most individuals suffering from depression. Your primary care doctor or psychiatrist can prescribe medications to relieve symptoms.  However, many also benefit from visiting with a psychologist or mental health counselor to talk about your condition and related issues. Psychotherapy can help you:

  • Adjust to a current difficulty or crisis
  • Identify current negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy ones
  • Explore relationships and develop positive communications
  • Identify more effective ways to cope with stressors and problem solve
  • Identify issues that contribute to your depression and change behaviors that increase stress
  • Regain a sense of balance and control in your life
  • Identify realistic goals for your life
  • Develop the strength to tolerate stress and distress using healthy coping strategies

 

If you feel depressed, make an appointment to see your doctor or a mental health professional as soon as possible. The Counselors at Aspire Fertility can help you identify if you might be suffering from depression. Please schedule an appointment at any of the Aspire Fertility Clinics or contact the:

  • Houston Clinic at (713) 425-3003
  • Dallas Clinic at (214) 414-3806
  • Atlanta Clinic at (678) 274-6760

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