Depression can include any or all of these symptoms. At least five symptoms must occur over the same two-week period for a diagnosis of clinical depression to be made.
- Loss of interest and enjoyment in life
- Loss of motivation
- Feeling inadequate
- Changes in eating behavior
- Suicidal thoughts if you feel this way, talk to someone trustworthy about it.
Suggestions To Help with Depression
- Keep as active as possible, including structured exercise if you can manage it.
- Don’t turn to alcohol, cigarettes or illegal drugs; these will add to the problem rather than reduce it.
- Try to give yourself a lift talk to a good friend, watch a film, book a massage whatever works for you.
- Investigate Internet support groups and discover what has worked for others.
- Remember that you are suffering from an illness and need to take care of yourself.
What Causes Depression?
The causes are not fully understood, but genes or early life experiences may make some people more vulnerable. Life events which increase stress, or physical illness, may trigger an episode of depression. It’s sometimes not easily possible to identify a cause.
People with depression experience some changes in the way their brains work their levels of stress chemicals are higher, and levels of ‘relaxing’ chemicals are lower.
Even though you may not feel like doing it, getting treatment is vital. You might have to spell it out to your doctor, because often they don’t recognize ‘hidden’ depression.
There are a range of therapies for depression which can be just as effective as medication. With accurate information, you can make the best choice for yourself.