We all get down, feel sad, lonely and even depressed from time to time. These are normal reactions to the bad times in life. But when feelings of depression overwhelm us, seem to have little real cause and last for long periods of time, it may be that we are suffering clinical depression.
Clinical depression does require professional help. Try to ignore the symptoms and they could worsen. Clinical depression is a serious disease and can even be life-threatening; an estimated one in ten people with clinical depression attempt suicide.
So, how do you know if you or someone close to you has clinical depression. If the following symptoms are present, it is time to ask for help. And, don’t ever be afraid to seek help, even for mild symptoms of depression.
- Difficulty concentrating, memory problems and trouble making decisions
- Feeling tired even if you are getting enough sleep
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Feeling guilty, worthless or helpless
- Feeling pessimistic
- Overeating, or losing your appetite
- Being irritable
- Feeling frightened or anxious for no reason
- Feeling sad or empty
- Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed, including sex
- Persistent aches and pains, headaches or digestive problems
- Thoughts of suicide, feeling you would be better off dead
Where can I get help?
Go and see your doctor, he or she will be able to work out the right type of treatment for you. This could be medication, medication with counselling, or counselling alone.
At Medcare, we have a GP and an experienced psychotherapist who can help you deal with depression. Contact us to make an appointment. We offer a free initial chat with our psychotherapist if you wish to find out more.
Depression is an illness, never feel ashamed to get help.