There comes a time in everyone’s life where you go through a hard time. Whether you lose your job, go through a bad breakup, or experience a death in the family – it’s normal to feel down sometimes. When feeling bad becomes chronic, however, it might be something more than just a bad day. It could be depression. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of: it might be the result of physiological issues or it could stem from an event. Whatever the cause, it’s important to spot the signs of depression in yourself and others and get help. Things CAN get better.
Here are a few signs and symptoms of depression:
Mental Signs of Depression:
Signs of depression often include feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, or the thought that the world would be better without you. It might seem as if nothing you do could change your situation or how bad you feel. Some people with depression also feel guilt or can’t shake irritability. If these symptoms persist, it is time to talk to someone about treatment for depression.
Physical Signs of Depression:
Even though depression is a mental issue, you can still notice physical signs. For example, you are likely to feel tired all the time and have a general loss of energy and motivation. You might lose your appetite, have difficulty concentrating, or even have constant headaches or stomachaches. If you have these physical symptoms accompanied by feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, depression might be to blame.
Getting Help with Depression:
Depression is a complicated issue, and it won’t disappear overnight. Still, many people have fought their way through depression and come out the other side to enjoy a full and happy life. Talking with a medical physician can help you determine if medication or other medical intervention is right for you. And talking to a therapist will help you move forward in the right direction. Counseling is a safe place for you to talk about anything and everything that is on your mind and learn coping techniques – all without being judged.
If you or someone you love experiences suicidal thoughts, there are people who care. Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) to get help.
About Jennine Estes, MFT
Think of me as your relationship consultant, I'm your neutral third party that can help you untangle the emotions and help you figure out what's really going on. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, CA. Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. Supervisor. I write relationship and self growth advice for my column Relationships in the Raw. Creator of #BeingLOVEDIs campaign. MFC#47653