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Recognizing the Signs of Depression

When It's More than Just The Blues

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  • This article was very helpful to me. I have been experiencing depression for about 6 months now and knowing the some cycles can last up to 6 months gives me hope that I may be coming out of the tunnel.
  • GGPEGIJO
    How are you suppose to read this article with the ad running on top of the text?
  • NJ_HOU
    Hello SCOTTEZ
    Please try your local Humane society. While you have to wait a while to be served the 'prices ' are phenominal.
  • Sofla Mama: Huh. I never thought of it as hopelessness. I don't feel sad per se. Just trapped and anxious. I wouldn't have made that connection on my own. Thanks!
  • Isn't (constant, irrational, or unexplanable) anger one of the signs of depression?
  • My family says I seem a little down, but according to Spark, I'm depressed. Trust the Spark wisdom!
  • This article could have been written about me for the last month of Nov. and the month of Dec. this past year. I did however not want to harm myself for I hung onto the fact that God does not forgive you for taking your own life........and I had a friend that took that route but was not responsible for her own actions. I have that notion that you don't tell a Dr about how you are feeling for then they look at and treat you differently.........I know that is not the fact but when you are depressed that is how you think...........the problem is you don't (at least I didn't) think clearly. With the help of my friends, particularly here on SP, I came out of that horrible place...........and my heart goes out to those that "go there" and can't come back. The power of prayer is amazing......and friends are heaven sent !!
  • This article couldn't have arrived in my inbox at a better time. :) Thanks!
  • CNTALLY- What you describe is hopelessness (things will never get better or change for the better ) and this is mentioned in the article.

    JUST_SAY_NOW- I agree. As a rule, you have to rule out any organic general medical condition before you can get a diagnosis of depression.

    I think the article was a good overview and easy to understand. Thanks. I would suggest adding something on co-morbidity. Whether it started as anxiety or is accompanied by substance abuse, depression usually doesn't come alone.
  • I'm surprised by one of the symptoms they missed. For me and my conditional depression, the kicker is that I lose the ability to imagine changing my situation. I forget that things didn't always feel this way and that they will change again in the future.

    It feels like everything has always felt this bad and it will go on forever. Trying to imagine what change would look like is terrifying. There is no change...

    So by the time I realize I'm depressed and should do something about it, it's become less severe and medicine won't help anymore. Then I'm just stuck waiting out the rest of it until it goes away.
  • MZSIAVOS1
    Depression and other mental problems can really devaste a person's life. But, while I'm not minimizing them, one should look into their nutritional health as well--and maybe firstly. For almost one year, I was exhibiting all of the symptoms of depression (except suicide). I couldn't get out of bed except to the do minimum in life. I had no hope and no motivation. Fortuntely, I stumbled on a site about a simple vitamin deficiency (in my case B12) caused by taking Metformin (which my doctor never bothered to tell me). I also had numbness in my feet and thought I had turned the corner into diabetes. After getting a friend (nurse) to suggest a suitable dose of B12, I started upping my vitamins and made sure I was getting of the Bs. Within days, I was back to normal. Within a few weeks, my entire existance changed and I started back to school thereafter with a lot of motivation and energy. Don't discount simple nutritional needs or the lack of them. Due to one tiny vitamin, my entire life had been destroyed. This is just for people that may not go to the doctor for various reasons due to money, fear or simply a lack of getting out of bed each day.
  • JUST_SAY_NOW
    Thank you for a good article on depression. Just wanted to note that sometimes symptoms of other disorders that are easily treated (such as hypothyroidism) can cause depressive symptoms. It is essential to see a doctor and get screened for these to rule them out as a possible cause of depressive symptoms.
  • EARTHANGEL2B - Just wanted to say thanks for your post. I have been dealing with depression for going on two years now and it is a real struggle. I started therapy about a month ago and have been running and doing yoga to help. But some days I can't even bring myself to do that. For a long time I thought I was just a lazy, bad, person, who despite having the most wonderful husband and family was just ungrateful for all the things that I have, but I'm beginning to see that it has all been part of what depression has done to me.
  • SCOTTEZ
    Thank You Earthangel2b (above). There is significant difference between situational (I'm sure this is me) and chronic situation like your.

    Mine is due to full time unemployment of almost 18 months, with several part time jobs in interim, each going by the wayside to business decline or mission being accomplished (like the Census). Generally, the part time jobs are at about minimum wage and would gross about 15,000 a year - they do not pay bills.

    Once my unemployment runs out I will be homeless. To top it all off, my perfect and beautiful 8 year old dog is losing the use of her legs over the Labor Day holiday weekend. I cannot afford a regular vet, much less the emergency vet!

    My car has 165,000 miles and needs maintenance. Remember when we were counseled to have 6-12 months income in reserve? Well, I was pretty conservative and pretty close to 6 months in reserves when last laid off from a professional position. The last of that was used rebuilding transmission this past spring.

    Family is not supportive and very critical, so they are not helpful at all. So I am feeling helpless and hopeless almost around the clock. I have had 3 part time jobs fall through in the past month or so (retail, business slow) but have one lined up that should begin in a week or two, doing food demos in stores.

    I am trying to be aware of feeling victimized and staying away from that downward-spiraling mindset, but it is not easy. My dog is a reminder of how far I have slid from what I consider a normal situation of taking care of myself. I am in my mid-50's and this is the first time since college I have been dependent on the government or anyone else.

    I am currently (early Sept.) going about the process of learning about community government and private assistance, as I had used some rent money to stave off the utility companies in late August. Talk about denigrating and humbling!

    I have stopped most of my volunteer activity due to wear on car and use of gas resources. But at my core I am a happy, creative and strongly faithful person who is just trying to figure out how I can be a productive member of society again and to make God smile.
  • I've been thinking for awhile that this could be me. Sometimes I get so down and just feel like I am on the verge of tears. I have been moody, and not feeling like exercising or doing anything. Very blah. This article gave me a lot to think about.

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