Do I Have Clinical Depression?

depression helpIf you have experienced feelings of sadness for two weeks or more, you may be suffering with clinical depression. Learn more about this treatable illness and find out how you can get help to overcome depression and more.

Almost everyone experiences sadness, exhaustion or loneliness at times, but an overwhelming feeling of depression that does not lift may indicate a problem. The following are many of the symptoms of depression:

Symptoms of Depression

  • Loss of interest in hobbies or regular activities. A clinically depressed person will begin to distance him or herself from family members and loved ones. Depression makes cherished activities seem overwhelming and exhausting.
  • Appetite or weight changes. A depressed person may alternate between overeating or under eating. Weight loss or weight gain are indications of depression.
  • Inability to sleep or sleeping too much. Insomnia or changes in sleep patterns are both signs of depression.
  • Persistent feelings of hopelessness. A depressed person will feel hopeless and unable to control life. Depression can trick you into thinking that your situation will never improve.
  • Irritability or anger. While many people do not consider these signs of depression, most depressed people alternate between feeling sad and feeling angry. In some cases, depression can make a person feel constantly irritable and irritated.
  • Lack of energy. A lack of energy and chronic fatigue are symptoms of depression. You may even feel pain throughout your body or feel like your body is heavy and hard to move.
  • Feelings of guilt or self-hatred. A depressed person may feel guilty about things that would not make other people feel guilty. A common statement during clinical depression might be, “I let everyone down” or, “I am a failure.” A depressed person truly believes these statements even if they are obviously not true.
  • Decision-making and concentration problems. If you are depressed, you may have even had trouble reading this list. Concentrating and deciding between even small ideas can cause a depressed person great distress.
  • Feelings of giving up or thinking about death. If you are contemplating suicide or if you have a plan to commit suicide you may have clinical depression. If you are considering suicide, please call someone now. Call us or call 911 to receive help. There is no shame in asking for help. Take some time to learn more about your possible options before you make this permanent decision.
  • Substance abuse and addiction problems. Often, a depressed person will try to self-medicate depression with substances like drugs and alcohol or other addictive behaviors like shopping, gambling, sex or shoplifting. While these things may alleviate the symptoms of depression for a short amount of time, they often make matters worse.

Learn More about Clinical Depression

Have you been experiencing some or many of these problems for more than a few weeks? If so, you may be clinically depressed. We can help. Please call us. We can help you get the right treatment to get better soon. When you call our toll-free helpline, you will speak with one of our caring and experienced counselors who will take the time to get to know you as a person and help you find treatment resources that fit your needs. We can even help you arrange insurance payment for depression treatment, arrange for travel to and from treatment or even just help you learn more about your options. All calls are confidential, and we are available 24 hours a day. There is no wrong time and no wrong reason to call.