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The Importance of Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Posted at 9:06 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 11:06:19-04

Millions of people struggle with depression every day, and the symptoms and treatment can range from person to person. However, with proper treatment, the feelings and physical symptoms of depression can be minimized or overcome.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

If you or a loved one identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, you may be experiencing depression

  • Loss of sleep or sleeping too much
  • Lack of concentration
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Inability to control negative thoughts
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Irritability
  • Consuming more alcohol or drugs

Depression can be a complex mental health issue, so the most important thing you can do if you notice these symptoms is seek support from a mental health professional. There are, however, wellness strategies, or “tools,” you can try to help you cope with depression. Make a list of things you enjoy and put them in your wellness toolbox.

Wellness Toolbox:

  • Spend time in nature
  • Read a good book
  • Watch a funny movie or TV show
  • Play with a pet
  • Talk to a friend or family member face-to-face
  • Listen to music
  • Try relaxation techniques

Remember, if you have depression, you are not alone and you do not have to face this alone. Reaching out to someone you love about any concerning signs and symptoms is a good place to start.

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