Depression is something we all experience at times as part of the normal ups and downs of life. However, sometimes the emptiness and despair doesn't go away. This depression may even become so severe that it affects relationships, work, and personal interests. Just getting through the day can even be difficult.
Regardless of how you feel or for how long you've felt down, know that help is available and that recovery from depression is possible.
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
- Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
- Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
- Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).
- Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
- Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
- Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
- Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
- Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
- Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.
One significant risk factor for depression is the risk of suicidal thoughts or gestures. If you have thoughts about wishing you could die or begin having a plan mapped out in your head, it's time to get some help immediately. You can call 1-800-273-TALK in the U.S. or visit Suicide.org to find a helpline in your country.
We can help you heal from depression. Contact us to set up an initial assessment.