Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I Think I'm Depressed

Life, unfortunately, is not always easy. We are constantly faced with new obstacles and challenges, which can negatively affect our emotions. Normally, these feelings of "sadness" and being "down in the dumps" pass after a few days. However, when these feelings interfere with everyday life and remain for a longer period of time, an individual is most likely showing the signs of depression.

Depression is mostly seen in women, although it is not uncommon for men to also become depressed. While the exact symptoms vary from person to person, individuals with depression tend to have an overall negative attitude, especially when faced with new problems. Other symptoms include feelings of irritability, changes in appetite, lack of energy, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, and even thoughts of suicide.

So what should you do if you think you are depressed? Be sure to contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Treatment options are available and have been shown to help individuals conquer their depression. These include antidepressant medications (Paxil, Prozac, etc.), various therapies (cognitive behavioral therapy, talk therapy, etc.), and peer support groups. The main thing to recognize is that you should not try to fight depression on your own. By seeking help, you are putting yourself one step closer to better health!

For more information, visit the National Institute on Mental Health at

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