What is Depression?
We all know what it feels to be down in the dumps due to a fight with a partner, difficulties at work, or a poor mark in an exam. However, depressive illness is a mood disorder that profoundly interferes with a person's ability to function at work, at school or in relationships.
What are the Symptoms of Depression?
Emotional symptoms may include depressed mood or lack of interest in activities that previously were enjoyable to the person.
Cognitive symptoms usually alter a person's ability to think and reason clearly and sometimes may result in thoughts about death or suicide. Inability to concentrate, difficulties making decisions, or forgetfulness may lead to problems at work or at home.
Physical symptoms include changes in sleeping and eating patterns. Decreased energy levels and fatigue may make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning or to sustain energy to perform work duties.
How Do I Know if I'm Depressed?
For more than two weeks, have you:
- Felt sad or down most of the time
- Lost interest or pleasure in most activities
If answered yes, complete the following questions:
- Changes in weight
- Problems with sleep
- Periods of slowing down or restless
- Felt tired or lack of energy
- Excessive guilt or feelings of worthlessness
- . Poor concentration, problems with decision-making or difficulty thinking
- Thoughts of death or wanting to die
If you answered 5 or more, you may have depression, please consult a mental health or medical professional for further assessment.
Ho Do I Cope with Depression?
- Relaxation, Guided Imagery, Meditation
- Express emotions
- Pursue happiness
- Positive event scheduling
- Get active
- Build a positive self-concept
- Challenge unhelpful thinking styles
- Challenge "shoulds"
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Mindfulness â€“ Be in the here and now