A lot of people smile when inside they don’t feel very much like smiling. Let’s talk about something many of us are afraid to talk about. Let’s talk about depression. Depression does not appear the same in everyone, though sadness is a symptom many are familiar with when thinking of depression. Different people may experience different symptoms. Many people can experience depression in different ways.
Signs and Symptoms of depression include but are not limited to:
• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
• Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
• Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies or activities
• Decreased energy, fatigue, or being “slowed down”
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
• Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
• Appetite and/or weight changes
• Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts
• Restlessness or irritability
• Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
—– Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Women experience depression more frequently than men. Biological, lifecycle, and hormonal factors that are unique to women may be linked to their higher depression rate. Women with depression show symptoms of guilt, sadness and worthlessness.
Men who experience depression are prone to beig tired, annoyed and ill-tempered. They may become disinterested in their job or activities they used to enjoy. They may experience sleep problems, act heedlessly, they may misuse drugs or alcohol. A lot of men fail to seek help because they don’t realize that they are depressed.
Older adults with depression may not present with observable symptoms. They may also be less apt to acknowledge thoughts of depression or sorrow. These feelings may be affected by the fact that they are likely to have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis or other disease processes that may contribute to feelings of depression.
Younger children who experience feelings of depression may try to avoid school, fake illness, be overly attached to a parent, or be concerned that a parent might die.
Older children and teens with depression may act out in school, sulk and get into trouble at school, brood, and be prickly. Teenagers who experience depression may show signs of anxiety, substance abuse or eating disorders.
If you feel you are experiencing depression or know someone that is, visit or encourage them to see a health care or mental health provider. They are qualified to examine you and conduct tests that may rule out other conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms. Once you have been diagnosed, depression can be treated with psychotherapy, medications or other therapies to help you cope with your depression.
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