What is Depression?

Everyone gets down from time to time, but feelings of sadness that last two or more weeks may be a sign of depression.  Depression causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest.  It affects how you feel, think and behave.  It significantly impacts normal day-to-day activities and can lead to serious emotional and physical problems.

Depression affects more than 16 million American adults each year, yet only about a third of those suffering from severe depression seek treatment from a mental health professional. Too many people resist treatment because they believe depression isn’t serious, that they can treat it themselves or don’t consider it a medical illness. [1]

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

Common symptoms include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in hobbies or activities
  • Changes in appetite or unplanned weight changes (weight gain or weight loss)
  • Angry outbursts, feelings of irritability, frustration, or restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering things, or making decisions
  • Loss of energy, fatigue, or being “slowed down”
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Unexplained physical symptoms that do not ease with treatment
  • Suicide attempts or thoughts of death or suicide

Depression is more than just a case of the blues.  It isn’t something you can just “snap out” of.   However, depression is very treatable.  Treatments include lifestyle changes, support groups, medications, and therapy. People can recover from depression and live long and healthy lives.

Life Management Center is here for you if you suspect you or someone you love may be experiencing depression. We offer crisis intervention, psychiatric care, and counseling services. You don’t have to suffer alone. Call (850) 522-4485 today to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment.

For mental health emergencies help is available 24/7: Call 1-850-522-4485 and select option 5.

This content provides information and discussion about mental health-related subjects. The content provided and any linked material is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Source: Mental Health America, The Mayo Clinic

[1] Mental Health America