Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.  Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, thing and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.  You may have trouble doing normal day to day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life is not worth living.

More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness and you can’t simply “snap out” of it.  Depression may require long term treatment.  But don’t get discouraged.  Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy or both.

Although depression may occur only once during your life, people typically have multiple episodes. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day and may include:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

 

For many people with depression, symptoms are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day to day activities.  Some people may feel generally miserable or unhappy without knowing why.

If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide as a result of depression please call one of our Crisis Lines and speak to a team member.   Idaho Falls Office can be reached at 208-681-7120.  Pocatello Office can be reached at 208-681-7121.

If you are suffering with symptoms of depression and you would like to speak with a counselor please call either of our offices.  We will work with you and your insurance or any other means you may need to get you the help you are looking for.

SOURCE: Depression (Mayo Clinic)

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