When many people think of depression, the first thing that comes to mind is being sad. However, depression is much more than that. Everyone feels sad from time to time, but those with depression experience other symptoms too. Depression affects how they think, feel, and act, and interferes with daily activities. October 6, 2016 is National Depression Screening Day and an important reminder to understand the signs of depression and how to get help. Depression is a very treatable condition.
Common Signs of Depression
Everyone experiences depression differently and may exhibit a range of symptoms to varying degrees. Just because someone has a symptom does not necessarily mean they are depressed, but it can be a warning sign to keep an eye on:
- Persistent sadness
- Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, or worthlessness
- Lack of energy/motivation
- Changes in appetite
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
You may also notice that the person seems to find the negatives in any situation, has difficulty concentrating, or tries to be perfect to please everyone. Depression is not something that should be ignored as it can contribute to suicidal thoughts or actions and take a negative toll on a person’s quality of life.
Fortunately, depression is treatable. Above It All supports clients in improving and managing mental health to overcome symptoms of depression and turn their lives around. Depression may also co-exist with a substance use disorder, and dual diagnosis treatment ensures that both conditions are treated concurrently.
Recognizing the signs of depression is the first step in getting individuals the help they need. If you are worried that a loved one is depressed, encourage them to get screened and talk to a professional. Express your concern and let them know that they are not alone. One way to break down stigmas that surround depression is to talk about it and seek treatment. Above It All can help you or a loved one navigate the path to recovery and take back control of your well-being.