To be clinically depressed one would have at least two symptoms almost every day for at least two weeks.
Very sad mood.
Loss of joy and interest in activities that used to be enjoyable.
Lack of energy and tiredness.
Feeling worthless and guilty for no good reason.
Wishing to be dead and thinking about it often.
Can’t concentrate and making decisions.
Unsettled and restless, sometimes too slow sometimes agitated.
Changes in eating habits.
This list is not all-inclusive and not everyone will exhibit all of these symptoms. Symptoms of depression affection emotion, thoughts, behavior and physical well-being.
The causes of depression are varied. A break up or living in conflict, poverty, unemployment, disability, victimization, victim of a crime, long-term illness, death of an important person, side effects of certain medication, stress of having another mental disorder like schizophrenia, withdrawal from substances, hormonal, there is also bipolar disorder depression, depression following childbirth, seasonal depression.
It is ideal to have early intervention but that is not always possible.
If you are suffering with any of these issues reach out to mental health care providers and if you are involved with someone who needs help remember the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan: ALGEE – Assess the risk of suicide or harm. L – Listen non judgmental. G-Give reassurance and information E-Encourage professional help. E-Encourage self-help and support strategies.
And of course if the situation is dangerous call 911.
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