Depression

People often use the word “depression” to refer to general, everyday feeling of sadness or being down. In fact, depression is a medical condition that can affect a person’s ability to work, study, interact with people or take care of themselves. Depression can be shown through aggression, drug or substance abuse, etc. Being down after a traumatic experience such as death or any other occurrence is normal, but if you show 5 of any of these symptoms longer than a few days/weeks, you may be suffering from depression.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression:
• Persistently sad, anxious, irritable or empty mood
• Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, including sex
• Withdrawal from friends and family
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
• Feeling tired or rundown
• Significant change in appetite and/or weight
• Anger and rage
• Overreaction to criticism
• Feeling unable to meet expectations
• Difficulty thinking, concentrating, remembering or making decisions
• Feeling restless or agitated
• Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or guilt
• Persistent physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems or chronic pain that do not respond to routine treatment
• Substance abuse problems
• Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
 

HOTLINES:
Delaware county Crisis:
(855) 464-9342
(855) 889-7827
6pm-10pm weekdays
1 pm-7pm weekends

NDMDA Depression Hotline
(800) 826-3632
Crisis Help Line –
(800) 233-4357

 

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