….And nobody knows it but me….stuck in my head right now….throbbing headache again….
Depression symptoms include hopelessness, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, frustration, anger, decreased or increased appetite, lack of motivation, trouble sleeping or excess sleeping, and suicidal thoughts.
Understanding Depression Symptoms
Depression is a painful sadness or down mood that interferes with daily life. Many people feel down for short periods, but depression lasts a long time and may include anxiety, insomnia, and other symptoms. Life events such as the death of a loved one can trigger depression. The illness can run in families, but people with no family history also become depressed. Often there is no clear cause. Depression is a common but serious illness that usually doesn’t go away without treatment. Counseling and/or antidepressant medication can treat depression in most people.
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What to Expect
Depression caused by a specific event such as a job loss can come on suddenly. Most of the time, depression develops slowly and gradually gets worse. Signs of depression can be subtle, and a person can be depressed and not know it at first. Men and women often experience depression differently. Men often feel anger, irritability, and have sleep or substance abuse problems. Women often feel sad, guilty, and worthless. Mild depression may go away on its own. However, depression usually doesn’t go away and often gets worse without treatment. Severe depression can make it impossible to function and cause suicidal thoughts. Treatment with antidepressants and/or talk therapy can help most people with depression. Antidepressants can take six-eight weeks to work, so it’s important to be patient while finding the right treatment for you.
What Happens with Depression
16.5% of people in the U.S. will experience depression in their lifetime.
Depression treatment may include:
Electroconvulsive therapy for severe depression and if antidepressants don’t work
Know Your Treatment Options
Getting treatment for depression can help you feel better faster. But you can also do things on your own to feel better. Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, reducing stress, talking with friends, and being patient with your progress can help you cope with depression.
What You Can Do at Home to Ease Your Symptoms
Made Worse By
Psychological stress, drug and alcohol use or abuse, poor diet, lack of exercise, and social isolation
Fending Off Depression Symptoms in Winter
When to See Your Doctor
Over the last month, if you have felt down, depressed, hopeless, or don’t enjoy the things you used to enjoy, you may be depressed and should see your doctor. If you have suicidal thoughts or feelings, or have made a plan to hurt yourself or other people, get immediate medical help.
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Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Do you think I am depressed?
Do I need treatment?
How long before treatment takes effect?
Should I be concerned about any side effects?
Could this be something other than depression?
12 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Depression
Your doctor can diagnose depression by taking a medical history and doing a psychological evaluation, physical exam, and blood tests to rule out a physical cause.
Tests Used to Diagnose Depression
History of abuse, family history of depression, difficult life events such as job loss, alcoholism, drug abuse, or dependency
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