How to Recognize Depression
Approximately 16.2 million American adults suffer from depression
Symptoms of Depression
- Suicidal ideation
- Overeating or lack of hunger
- Feelings of emptiness
- Guilt, shame, and hopelessness
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Persistent aches, headaches, or cramps
The Difference Between Sadness and Depression
- It occurs as a natural reaction to a painful event, such as loss of job or a loved one
- It can motivate a person to improve their circumstances
- It only lasts a short period of time
- It's a psychiatric disorder that negatively impacts a person's quality of life
- Depression is draining and can often make an individual feel as if everything is an effort
- It lasts for at least two weeks, and can last months if left untreated
Tools for Treating Depression
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Antidepressant medications
- Support Groups
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