Recognizing Depression
Recognizing Depression

Recognizing Depression

Monday, April 24, 2023


Occasional sadness is a normal part of life. We all experience things that upset us or make us angry. However, if you or someone you care for is persistently sad, irritable or angry, you or they could be suffering from depression.  

What is depression? 

Depression is a common and serious medical illness. Also known as major depressive disorder, it negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable.  

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, if you, a family member or friend report the following for more than two weeks, a visit to a doctor is a good idea.   

  • Feeling sad, anxious or empty 

  • Feeling hopeless or pessimistic  

  • Feeling irritable, frustrated or restless 

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness 

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities 

  • Feeling tired all the time or feeling like you are moving slowly 

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions 

  • Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much  

  • Changes in appetite or unplanned weight changes 

  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts 

  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and that do not ease with treatment 

Next steps 

Untreated depression can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease the ability to function at work and at home. 

If you’re concerned that you or someone close to you is depressed, you’re not alone. Let your primary care provider know what you are thinking and feeling, and urge your family and friends to do the same.  

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