Everyone feels down now and then. Sadness is an appropriate reaction to many life events, whether something as big as losing a loved one or as seemingly small as watching a sad movie or listening to a sad song. If you are feeling sad day in and day out and just can’t seem to get out of it, though, you may be struggling with depression. If you suspect that your low mood may not be run-of-the-mill sadness, but in fact is a depressive disorder, take a few minutes to answer the following questions.
- Do you feel sad most of the time?
- Do you struggle to find pleasure in activities you used to enjoy?
- Have friends and family commented that your mood seems uncharacteristically low?
- Has your appetite noticeably increased or decreased?
- Have you recently gained or lost weight?
- Are you fatigued and/or unenergetic?
- Do you have trouble sleeping?
- Are you sleeping too much?
- Do you have trouble concentrating?
- Have you been moving more slowly than usual? More quickly?
- Are you plagued by feelings of guilt?
- Do you experience feelings of worthlessness?
- Do you have low self-esteem?
- Have you been feeling hopeless?
- Are you experiencing thoughts of death, suicide, or self-harm?*
Multiple “Yes” answers to these questions may indicate that you are struggling with depression. Though these questions might give you helpful insight into your mental health, they are not a diagnostic tool: if you think you are depressed, seek professional assistance to confirm the diagnosis.
Depression is very common and highly treatable. If you think you may be struggling with depression, reach out to a mental health professional for help today. Therapy, psychiatry, or therapeutic chatting can all be great tools in getting a handle on your depression. You don’t need to struggle alone. A mental health professional can help you create a treatment plan to feel better soon.
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*If you are in crisis or thinking about hurting yourself or others, please seek immediate assistance by calling 911