Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Depression - Common Signs and Symptoms

We all have bad days and the ups and downs of daily living can really wear us out. Sometimes, we notice that we are having more down times than up, and the feelings of sadness or hopelessness can begin to dominate our outlook.

Here are common sighs and symptoms of depression:
  • Having no energy

  • Feeling cranky and irritable

  • Feeling sad

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Feeling empty inside

  • Crying a lot

  • You feel like crying, but you cannot

  • No joy in your life

  • You can't concentrate

  • Sleeping too much

  • Change in your eating habits

  • Thoughts of death or suicide - Note: if you are in immediate crisis, or seriously considering suicide, you should go to the nearest emergency room or phone 911 for help.
  • If you have several of these symptoms and feel down for more than two weeks, you might be experiencing depression.

    Depression can range from normal, mild "ups and downs" to severe depression that lasts a long time. Women are more than twice as likely to experience depression as men. When we feel lethargic and sad, our partners and children notice. This change in mood can affect our job performance as well.

    Some people have good results using natural or homeopathic remedies for treating depressive symptoms. If you think you might have depression, consult with your doctor to see if a natural supplement or depression medication might be suitable for treating your symptoms.

    Most physicians recommend therapy along with a supplement or medication. A therapist can help you understand the roots of your depression. Additionally, you can learn some basic strategies for easing your depressive symptoms.

    © 2006 Cynthia McKenna LPC, NCC - All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

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