It is not unusual for you or a loved one to feel sad, down, or blue from time to time. There are many situations that might cause someone to feel depressed… the loss of a loved one or job, a bad grade or a disappointing performance in an activity you’re passionate about. While perhaps this emotional reaction is not life threatening it might help greatly to have a professional to talk to during a difficult time.
For some people depression is much more serious than feeling moody or having the blues for a few days. They can experience long periods of feeling profoundly sad and lose interest in all daily activities. This type of depression is a true medical illness and the best care is provided by cooperative support from the patient’s physician and therapist together.
The good news is that with proper treatment, most folks improve significantly with time and treatment.
Common symptoms of clinical depression include:
- Marked decrease of interest in pleasurable activities
- Changing appetite affecting significant weight gain or weight loss
- Disturbed sleep patterns, either insomnia or sleeping more than normal
- Changes in activity levels
- Fatigue, both mental and physical
- Feelings of guilt, helplessness, anxiety, and/or fear
- Lowered self-esteem
- Decreased ability to concentrate or make decisions
- Feelings of overwhelming sadness
- Unable to feel emotion