With life’s ups and downs everyone feels sad from time to time. Sadness can be a normal reaction to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. But, if sadness or feelings of despair begin to consume your life you could be clinically depressed.
Depression varies for each person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. Understanding these signs, symptoms and causes can be the first step to overcoming the problem.
Signs and symptoms of depression can include:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Sleep changes
- Anger or irritability
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Appetite or weight changes
- Loss of energy
- Reckless behavior
- Concentration problems
- Unexplained aches and pains
“Many depressed people seek help from illicit substances and or alcohol to mitigate the pain only to find out that this not a solution,” said Ronald Brenner, MD, chief of Behavioral Health Service Line for Catholic Health Services. “On the contrary, it is at best a short lived measure and can lead to worsening of symptoms. CHS Behavioral Health Service Line offers help for individuals showing signs of depression.”
Speak to a physician if you are having health issues. Visit www.chsli.org or call 1-855-CHS-4500 to find one near you.