Ever feel like you are the only one who is sad in a world of happy people?
Everyone experiences stress, sadness and anxiety from time to time – it's part of life. These feelings often happen when you lose a job, children move away from home, during divorce, with a death in the family, or during retirement. But when changes in mood and behavior interfere with one’s ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy once pleasurable activities, it could be a sign of depression.
Over 19 million Americans experience depression each year according to the Centers of Disease Control, but only one-fifth will receive the care they need to treat the condition. (JAMA, 2003) That’s particularly unfortunate, as there is treatment that is highly effective for depression. (CDC)
When is feeling sad more than the blues? Signs of depression are (from www.cdc.gov/Features/Depression
Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
· Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
· Irritability, restlessness
· Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable
· Fatigue and decreased energy
· Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
· Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
· Overeating, or appetite loss
· Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
· Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not get better, even with treatment
If five or more of these symptoms occur for two weeks or longer, you might be experiencing clinical depression. Untreated depression can impact work performance, family relationships, physical health, and increase risk of suicidal thoughts or attempts.
Contact the Counseling and Family Development Center anytime on our 24/7 phone hotlines at (318) 323-1505 or 1-800-716-7233 for more information about the screening.
There is help that works.