What are the symptoms of Depression?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelingsThoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
Overeating or appetite loss
Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
Feelings of hopelessness
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
Fatigue and decreased energy
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
Headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
We all feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. And feeling depressed is a normal reaction to loss or an injured self-esteem. But when these feelings become overwhelming, involve physical symptoms, and last for long periods of time, they can keep you from leading a normal, active life. That's when it's time to seek medical help. Our doctor is a good place to start. We can screen you for depression and help manage your symptoms.