Don’t fret. Depression is very common. Many will experience some type of depression in their life time. Depression is a serious mental disorder that shouldn’t be ignored. A major depressive disorder is defined as a persistent low mood that is accompanied by low self-esteem and by a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. The disorder is a disabling condition that adversely affects a person’s family, work, or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health. In the United States, around 3.4% of people with major depression commit suicide, and up to 60% of people who commit suicide had depression or another mood disorder. Due to the severity of depression one should always be informed of the symptoms and treatment plans.
Educate yourself on depression and keep a close watch on friends and/or family who you think may be suffering from this disorder.
Symptoms may include:
- irritability (short fuse)
- pessimism about the future
- home very dark and gloomy (no light)
- difficulty with concentration
- fatigue or lack of energy
- feelings of hopelessness and/or helplessness
- feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or self-hate
- social isolation
- loss of interest in once pleasurable activities
- sleep problems (insomnia or excessive sleeping)
- dramatic changes in appetite along with corresponding weight loss or gain
- suicidal ideation or behavior