All about Depression
A Three-Part Blog Series
Are you or is someone that you care about suffering from depression?
Recognize the warning signs
Everyone at some stage or another in their life has experienced a time when their problems seemed overwhelming and curling up in bed seemed like the perfect solution. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, life can be depressing and difficult. When we feel overwhelmed, guilty, hopeless or sad, it’s a natural human emotional response.
Just like when we hurt ourselves we experience physical pain, those feelings of hopelessness and being overwhelmed can be helpful warning signs that something isn’t quite right. This is your minds way of telling you that you may have suffered a loss and need to grieve, you may need to slow down and relax; or perhaps your current lifestyle isn’t good for your mental health.
It’s when these feelings begin to take over that you need to start thinking about exactly what’s happening. They dominate all of your thoughts and actions, and you only see the negative side to experiences that normally bring you joy, happiness or pleasure. It doesn’t matter what you do or how someone tries to cheer you up, the feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness and lack of interest dominate your thoughts and seem realer than anything else. You don’t get a rash, or experience physical pain, you just feel like this is the way things are supposed to feel like. That’s what makes recognizing the signs of depression so hard.
Knowing when normal emotions like sadness, grief anger, etc. have evolved into clinical depression isn’t easy. When you start to combine the different signs or symptoms and their duration, you can begin to form a better idea of what you or they are dealing with. If you are suffering from any combination of these symptoms for any extended period, you may be suffering from clinical depression and should consider seeking professional help. Here at Dynamic Discovery we are pleased to offer confidential and professional advice.
Below are some of the common signs of depression:
- A loss of interest in activities that you usually enjoy
- A feeling of being down, hopeless or depressed
- Thought of death, suicide or self-harm
- Feelings of being worthless or guilty
- Problems falling asleep or staying awake. Constantly wanting to sleep or being tired
- Sudden increase in weight gain or loss of appetite
- Trouble making decisions or thinking
- Becoming restless or unable to pay attention
- A lack of energy or hyperactivity and mood swings
- Hair trigger anger or rage over nothing
- A desire to be alone or work by oneself
- Road Rage
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression in any combination of these symptoms then often the first step forward is talking to someone. Often speaking with someone you don’t know can be easier than opening up to family or friends. At Dynamic Discovery, our professional staff are happy to speak with you, and we guarantee your confidentiality. Don’t let these feelings drag you down, take that first positive step forward on the road to recovery.