Your sadness has lasted for days. Or has it been months? Could it really be years that you have felt this way?
You are feeling blue and believe it’s more than a passing thing.
Feeling sad is something we all experience. You may have had a bad day or just ended a relationship with someone you were going to grow old with. A close friend or family member has died and you don’t know how you are going to move on.
So, what’s the difference between prolonged periods of sadness and depression? With depression, you experience physical symptoms which last a long time and prevent you from experiencing a normal life.
How can you tell the difference? Here are seven warning signs you could be experiencing depression:
- Thoughts of suicide – We all experience days where it seems a struggle to move on, but wanting to end your life is a serious sign that something is wrong.
- Being Eeyore – Feeling that your situation is beyond hope or help and that you are worthless to those around you.
- Odd sleeping habits – Your either sleep too much or are awake much of the night and can’t get to sleep.
- Seesaw weight – Either reduced eating and weight loss or craving certain foods that leads to putting on the pounds.
- Pain – About 75 percent of those with depression experience chronic pain, particularly in the neck and lower back.
- Irritability – Showing anger, especially over what seems like trivial things. Sometimes those feelings become violent.
- Change in mood – Being aggressive or crying for long periods of time are only two of the changes in behavior that may indicate someone is experiencing depression.
If you are showing any of the warning signs of depression, you need to seek professional help. About 1 in 10 of those who are diagnosed with depression end up taking their own life. Other serious problems, such as substance abuse or inability to hold a steady job, occur when depression is left untreated.
Luckily, there are people who want to help. If you are interested in talking to someone about your depression, learn more about our counseling centers here, or request an appointment below.
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