Screen - Depression


Depression as defined by Webster as a  “state of feeling sad, dejection (2) : a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies.”

Some common causes and risk factors for depression include:

  • Loneliness
  • Recent stressful life experiences
  • Health problems or chronic pain
  • Marital or relationship problems
  • Financial strain
  • Abuse or trauma
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Unemployment or employment problems
  • Lack of social support
  • Family history of depression

Depression signs and symptoms are as unique as each person however there are some common signs and systems.  It is always important to remember that these symptoms can be part of “normal life” however the more symptoms you have, the longer they last and the stronger they are, the more risk there is of suffering from depression.

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Loss of energy, feeling sluggish or drained
  • Anger or increased irritability
  • Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Trouble concentrating

What to do

Just as the symptoms and causes of depression are different in different people, so are the ways to feel better. What works for one person might not work for another and there is no “one size fits all” for treatment. If you recognize the signs of depression in yourself or a loved one, take some time to explore the many treatment options. The key to depression recovery is to start small and ask for help. Having a strong support system in place will aid your recovery. Isolation feeds depression, so reach out to others, even when you feel like being alone. Let your family and friends know what you’re going through and how they can support you. In most cases, the best approach involves a combination of social support, lifestyle changes, emotional skill building, and professional help. Contact your local mental health provider with any questions or to schedule an appointment.


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