Many people think being sad is depression, but it is much more complex than that. Everyone is different and may experience different symptoms. Some depression symptoms may be as follows:
- Little interest or pleasure in doing things.
- Feeling down, depressed or hopeless.
- Trouble falling or staying asleep or sleeping too much.
- Feeling tired or having little energy.
- Poor appetite, overeating or considerable weight changes.
- Feeling bad about themselves or feeling they are a failure.
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
- Moving or speaking slowly, restlessness.
- Thoughts that you would be better off dead.
- Learn about your depression there could be underlying medical conditions causing it.
- Take time to find the right treatment. Trial & error.
- Don’t rely on medications alone. Seek therapy either in groups or one on one.
- Social support.
Treatment takes time and commitment. It may not happen overnight. Always involve your doctor and family for support & treatment options. Depression can be seasonal especially over the winter and holiday months.