Understanding Depression And When To Seek Help
One of the primary indicators that separate general depression from major depressive disorder is duration. Occasional periods of sadness or lack of motivation are entirely normal. Experiencing it daily for periods of two weeks or more means it’s time to get help. Some common symptoms of depression include:
- Unexplained feelings of sorrow
- Disinterest in favored activities
- Appetite changes or unexplained weight loss
- Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
- Persistent fatigue and loss of energy
- Difficulty sitting still or engaging in fruitless physical activity
- Movements or speech that is slowed and noticeable by others
- Having reduced feelings of worth
- Trouble making decisions, concentrating or thinking
- Suicidal ideation
Not all symptoms of depression, even on an extended timeline, indicate a mental health concern. Numerous medical concerns can mimic these symptoms. Depression is a frequently encountered and treatable condition that is often temporary. 7% of all adults will experience depression during any given year, with 17% of people experiencing it at some point in their life.
- First appearance in late teens or early-to-mid twenties
- 33% of women will experience depression during their lives
- 40% of patients with first-degree relatives with the condition will experience it themselves
It is essential to understand that depression and grief are not the same things. The end of a significant relationship, the death of a loved one (even pets), and even the loss of a job may create a sensation of grief. While our feelings about these occurrences may persist, they are typically not depression. Grief is a natural experience that can take various forms based on the individual experiencing it. Grief is separated from depression in the following ways:
- It comes and goes in waves rather than being persistent.
- Self-esteem tends to persist with grief. Depression typically involves feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness.
- Thoughts of death are not uncommon with grief but are fleeting. Suicidal ideation as part of depression can become a focal point of their lives.
Schedule A Visit To Prestige Mental Health For Your Depression?
Under the guidance of Dr. April Sullivan, Prestige Mental Health provides multiple treatment options in a supportive environment. We strive to develop a customized schedule of therapy that meets your experiences and needs. Depression can be a powerful and destructive force in our lives. Seeking help is the best way to find its root and find ways to live a whole and fulfilling life. You don’t have to suffer in the persistent half-life haze of depression. Call today to begin healing.