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Depression vs. The Blues

Are You Depressed Or Just Blue?

depression vs blues amy cole

1 in 13 Americans suffer from some type of depression at some point between 2009 and 2012, yet only 35% of people with severe depression and 20% of those with moderate depression said they had sought help from a mental health professional, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”.  There are 13 people sitting near me in the restaurant.  One or more of those individuals suffered from depression.  Depression that affects their everyday life.  They may be able to put on a mask and make it seem okay but deep down inside they are hurting, suffering.
Depression can be an easy “fix.”  With medications and therapy, people can recover from depression.

How do you know it is depression and not just sadness, a few bad days or seasonal blues?  Here are some signs and symptoms of depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.

People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.
Here are some links to websites to help you decide if you may be depressed:
http://treat-depression.com/depression-test (Becks online depression inventory)
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1859039-overview#aw2aab6b3 (Hamilton   Depression scale)
ded ( PyschCentral online depression inventory)
If you suspect you are depressed, please contact your primary care physician or call us at Life Tree Counseling Center (972-234-6634 ext. 104) for assistance.

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