Saturday, October 06, 2012
The symptoms of depression are:
Feeling sad, very down, angry, anxious, or irritable;
Sleeping much more or less than usual;
Constant tiredness or a marked decrease in energy;
Lack of interest in things that you used to enjoy;
Difficulty thinking, remembering, or making decisions;
Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless;
Neglecting your health and/or personal hygiene;
Thoughts of hurting yourself or others.
How depression affects your body:
Changes in weight and hunger;
Aches and pains that don't appear to have a medical cause.
Depression is a common though serious illness that affect over 20 million people in the United States alone. If you think that you suffer from depression, you should see your doctor. Treatment options for depression include counseling and/or medication. Exercise has also proved to have a therapeutic effect on individuals who suffer with depression.
If you have thoughts of hurting yourself, please call 911 or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-784-2433.