Mental health is starting to get the recognition that it deserves, but there is still more work to be done.
Depression is a common mental health condition that causes a person to feel very depressed for weeks or months. It is important to ask for help when you feel depressed.
Depression is a common illness that affects people of all ages. Suffering from depression does not mean being lazy or weak. It is a real and serious physical condition. Taking care of your mental and emotional health is as important as taking care of your body.
- Act aggressively or disturbingly;
- Crying often;
- Feeling anxious or/and nervous;
- Feeling guilty;
- Feeling helpless or/and hopeless;
- Feeling irritable or/and angry;
- Feeling lonely;
- Have concentration problems at school;
- Have negative thoughts or feelings about yourself;
- Having trouble sleeping or being tired all the time;
- Isolate yourself from friends and family;
- Losing interest in things that were previously appreciated;
- Unable to make decisions;
- Take more risks;
- Turn to drugs or alcohol when sullen;
- Think about death or suicide.
Extended periods of depression can be dangerous for your health, social life and work. If you have more than four symptoms listed above for more than two weeks, or if you have noticed significant changes in your personality, it is important that you seek professional help. Only you can tell others how you feel.
It’s important to understand that sometimes depression happens for no reason. A combination of physical, psychological and environmental factors may also play a role. Depression can be genetic, which means that if someone in your family has suffered from depression, you have more risk of developing it.
Depression is a treatable disease. It will not go away on its own, so it is important to ask for help. It’s important to remember that depression is a brain illness that can be fatal if it’s not treated properly.
Most forms of depression can be treated with medication, therapy, or both. If you are not comfortable asking for help, remember that depression can be treated and health professionals are there to help you. Your mental and emotional well-being is important.
Antidepressant medications help improve mood. It is important to take the medications as prescribed. If you stop taking your medicine, start feeling side effects, or feel worse than before, tell your doctor. I know I need them for life, as I have low serotonin and need a boost to help my body create more.
Psychological counseling or therapy is a safe place where you can talk about your feelings with a qualified professional. It can help you understand and change the behaviors, thoughts, or relationships that contribute to your depression.
Most medical professional will suggest that you do both.