Tuesday, March 8, 2011

when down becomes depressed

We all have periods in our lives when we're not so happy, or feel "a bit down" and often we can get over this by ourselves, but 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will experience depression at some time in their lives.
Anyone who has ever suffered from it, will tell you that it is a very black and lonely place to be, the symptoms can include 
  • Persistent sadness or low mood, with or without weepiness
  • A marked loss of interest or pleasure in activities that you normally enjoy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt or hopelessness
  • Feeling like a failure - that you have let yourself or others down
  • Disturbed sleep - either difficulty in getting off to sleep, or waking early and being unable to get back to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • Change in appetite- either a poor appetite and weight loss, or comfort eating and weight gain
  • Tiredness or loss of energy
  • Agitation or slowing of movements
  • Poor concentration or indecisiveness, even simple tasks can seem difficult
  • A preoccupation with death and dying, despairing thoughts such as "life's not worth living" or "I don't care if I don't wake up" are common. Sometimes these thoughts progress into thoughts of suicide
If you think you are depressed seek help - talk to someone you trust about it, a member of your family, a friend or your doctor - no matter how hard it is to talk about your feelings - take it from someone who knows - the good news is that you will not always feel like this, and with help you can get better and be happy again  

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