If you are asking yourself “Am I depressed?” the question may be making you afraid and worried. Some information can help you answer the question and begin taking steps to resolve it.
Recognizing Symptoms of Depression
While every person who is depressed does not experience every symptom and the severity of depression may vary, there are some common signs you can think about. Recognizing The Signs Of Depresion
- One sign of being depressed is a change in sleeping patterns. You may have trouble falling asleep at night, or wake up during the night and not be able to get back to sleep. In contrast, you could be sleeping much more than usual.
- Another sign is changes in eating patterns. A person who is depressed may have an insatiable appetite, or no appetite at all. If you are experiencing one of these problems, you also may be experiencing weight gain or weight loss.
- A vague sense of “the blues” may be bothering you. You do not know what is wrong, but it feels as if something is very wrong. You cannot pinpoint the problem.
- Life does not seem as good as it was before. If you are depressed, it is likely that you have lost interest in many things you previously enjoyed and cared about. Anything from your hobbies to spending time with your friends and family do not seem as meaningful anymore.
- Psychosomatic problems often accompany depression. Even if you do not have any medical issues, you just do not feel well. It may be a vague sense of unwellness, or something specific. Headaches, stomach aches, and general aches and pains without a medical cause can indicate depression.
- Your energy level has dropped. You are tired without a reason. It can seem difficult to get through the day, or deal with your everyday responsibilities.
- Your mental and emotional state may have changed. Anxiety, panic attacks, fearfulness, or anger occur without a legitimate reason.
- You might have thoughts about harming yourself, or harming someone else.
Why A Person Might Be Depressed
There are two forms of depression. While clinical depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, situational depression has much to do with your life.
- An important relationship may have ended. In many cases, losing someone you love can lead to depression. It could have been a romantic relationship, or even the death of a loved one. The feeling of loss can be extreme.
- Plans may not have worked out the way you had hoped. Whether you had been looking forward to an important job promotion, an achievement at school, or something else that would have made a positive difference in your life, losing out on something very important can result in becoming depressed.
- Depression is often described as feeling helpless and hopeless. It can occur if you feel you have no control over your life, or that nothing can ever get any better. The future could look very dim, without anything of worth ahead. Someone who is depressed feels like giving up on his or her life.
What Should You Do If You Are Depressed?
While clinical depression should mean getting professional assistance as soon as possible, professional help is also useful for someone whose depression is due to various situations in their life. However, there are also steps you can take for yourself at the same time.
- First, take the problem seriously. If you are truly depressed, it will not simply go away by itself.
- Second, the better your overall health, the easier it will be to deal with your problem. Make a point of eating nutritious foods, get plenty of fresh air and exercise, and rest.
- Find something in your present-day life to enjoy, and something to look forward to. Focusing on the positive can be very helpful.
- Make the decision to feel better. Make it a priority and your goal. You could be surprised at how much can be accomplished by sheer determination.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help. Every day that you are depressed is a day that could be better spent on being happy, productive, and feeling good. Consult with someone who can help you. You not only have today, you also have your future ahead.