Depression

About Depression

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression and move them to recovery.

When we are depressed there are feelings and behaviors that, like the common cold and other illnesses, let us know that we are not feeling well.  Depression has categories of symptoms and characteristics that are consistent from one person to another, while actual symptoms can be different for different people.

Mood Changes

When experiencing depression, mood changes may be broader rather than slight as when we’re feeling better.  Mood changes may occur when there is no external cause. (This is due to the internal cause of a change in brain chemistry).  We are more likely to lack the resiliency to get over things in a timely way.  Mood swings may occur.

Depression Symptoms:

  • Feeling sad or empty
  • Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Change in weight
  • Loss of energy / Feeling very tired
  • Not being able to concentrate or remember details
  • Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
  • Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains
  • Severe headaches

It is important for the person suffering from depression and his/her family to seek information and education about depression. Help is available at Depression Connection and other sources.

Please see the Education Page or Resources Page for more Information.