Insider’s Guide to Depression Part 1

What are the Symptoms of Depression?

Sarah dried her eyes on her sleeve. She’d been crying every morning but didn’t know why. Lately, she had started spending more and more time in her bedroom and ignoring calls from her friends. She worried if she called out sick from work one more day, she’d lose her job. “What is wrong with me?”, she asked herself.  For the past month, she felt like she was slipping into a black hole. The things she once enjoyed were becoming less appealing. She couldn’t remember the last time she enjoyed a meal or had a good night's sleep. She just couldn’t function. Her family kept telling her she needed to pray more. She thought, “When I pray, I feel like my words are bouncing off of the ceiling. Why can’t my family understand that?” She wished people would stop giving her advice and asking her how she was.

Can you relate to Sarah?  This is the story of many people who deal with depression. If you can relate or this sounds like someone you know, keep reading…

Insiders Guide to Depression Pt 1

What is depression? 

First, depression is more than sadness or just feeling a little down. Unfortunately, you can’t “just get over it”.  Most people describe feeling helpless and hopeless.  They lose interest in the things they once enjoyed and slowly find it harder to work, eat, sleep or be around people.

What are the symptoms of depression?

To meet the criteria for depression, the DSM-5 (the manual we use to diagnose mental illness) states a person will have at least five symptoms daily or nearly every day for at least two weeks. Plus, these symptoms must cause severe problems in daily life, but they can’t be related to a drug or medication or another medical condition. The symptoms listed in the DSM-5 are: 

  • A depressed mood for most of the day, especially in the morning 
  • Fatigue or loss of energy Feelings of worthlessness or guilt 
  • Impaired concentration, indecisiveness Insomnia or hypersomnia (can’t sleep or sleep too much) 
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities 
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Feeling restless or sluggish 
  • Significant weight gain or loss

When I talk to people who are depressed, they regularly share feeling like being in a dark hole. They've often isolated themselves from family and friends; finding it easier to stay in bed.  Some people are surprised that aches and pain accompany depression. People frequently experience headaches, cramps, stomach problems, and other aches and pains. The good news is depression is treatable! the first step is to talk to your doctor or licensed mental health professional.

Do I have Depression?

I’ve provided an assessment below to help you determine if you do. Click on the link below and it will take you to our online depression and anxiety assessment. After completing it, you can print it out, and take it with you to your doctor’s appointment. You will also have the option to ask to talk to one of our counselors. If you think you or someone you love is struggling with depression, please talk to us. You can also schedule a free 30-minute consultation call with us if you have questions. Remember, depression IS treatable. You or your loved one does not have to continue to suffer

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