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Key Things to Know About Depression

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It's more than just a temporary sadness... It's something to keep an eye out for.

Depression is something that can affect everyone in a variety of ways- anything from the loss of a loved one to an unfortunate money or job situation can cause someone to become depressed. When these stressful things occur, it is perfectly normal to feel a sense of anxiety, sadness, or loneliness. However, people can often feel these sensations every day for no specific or clear reason. So what exactly is depression and where can you get help?

What Depression Feels Like

In basic terms, depression is a condition that leaves an individual sad, unmotivated, hopeless, and even disinterested in what is going on in their life. Sure, everyone may feel this way from time to time and may consider it as going through a funk. It's when these negative feelings stay consistent for over two weeks and this mindset begins to affect thoughts and actions that it is then heading into a depressive episode that could become much more severe.

Symptoms of Major Depression

  • A constant anxious mood
  • Pessimism and the feeling of hopelessness
  • A sense of guilt and worthlessness
  • Disinterest in general activities and routines
  • Lack of desire for social interactions
  • Lack of energy and concentration
  • Loss of appetite and finding it difficult to sleep or even wake up
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain
  • Thoughts of suicide and death
  • Irritability
  • In some cases, physical pain that cannot be treated such as headaches, digestive problems, etc.

How to Get Help

Depression can range in severity and could happen a few times in your life or be a struggle on a more regular basis. Regardless of how extreme your symptoms may be, there is always help. Here is a list of resources that would be a great start.

  • Family doctors
  • Psychiatrists, counselors, psychologists
  • Community mental health centers
  • Private clinics and rehabs
  • Mental health specialists
  • Suicide prevention and crisis hotlines and services

Despite the many misconceptions concerning depression, sadness is a universal sensation that can be felt in varying degrees of severity. If you or someone you know is struggling with these symptoms, take a step forward to ask for help or even more information on what it is that you are feeling.

For more information and specific resources, visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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