Depression seems to be a word we often hear these days. But what does it really mean? If I feel intensely sad for more than few days in a row, then I might say I’m depressed. Saying I’m depressed as way to describe a feeling is one thing. Depression – capital D, mental health diagnosis – is a bit more specific. Symptoms of Depression include:
- Feeling sad or irritable, empty, hopeless, powerless, etc. for most of the day on most days
- Losing interest in things you used to enjoy or activities that made you happy don’t anymore
- Changes in appetite, sleep or activity level
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feeling worthless or excessively guilty
- Trouble concentrating
- Thinking about killing or hurting yourself
Depression responds well to talk therapy and can also be helped with medication or supplements. If more than half of these symptoms sound familiar, then call us and make an appointment. Don’t wait for it to get better on its own…. Contact our office 317-820-3600.
Sometimes depression can last for so long or feel so bad that killing yourself seems like the only solution. It takes intense psychological pain, feeling pressured and a certain amount of energy for suicide to occur. It can be hard to understand how someone could feel so hopeless that the idea of ending their life is appealing. However, suicide is very, very real.
If a loved one mentions hurting or killing themselves, take it seriously. Don’t write it off as a “cry for help.” If someone tells you they are thinking about hurting themselves, they are saying, hey! Staying alive is really hard right now! The best thing you can do is help them find help. Contact our office 317-820-3600 or a crisis line (317-621-5700), stay with them and help them stay safe.
There is hope – If you are thinking about suicide, then I hope you realize it is your depression that is the problem, not you. As long as you are breathing, there is hope. Ask for help. And keep asking until you get the help you need.