What depression isn’t:
- Having a bad day
- Feeling down or sad
What depression is:
- A serious, legitimate, treatable illness. Depressive illnesses can distort thinking, and cause feelings of hopelessness and helplessness which may lead to suicidal thoughts.
Although most depressed people are not suicidal, the majority of suicidal people are depressed. If five or more of the following symptoms are present during a two-week period, depression is likely. Remember, depression is treatable. Find help here.
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities
- Withdrawal from family/friends
- Change in appetite. Weight gain or loss.
- Change in sleeping patterns
- Speaking and/or moving with unusual slowness
- Agitation or inability to “settle”
- Decrease in sexual drive
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness, self-reproach or guilt
- Diminished ability to concentrate, slowed thinking, indecisiveness
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Lack of attention to personal appearance and/or hygiene
- Downslide in work or school performance
- Feeling sad or “empty”