Like an anxiety attack, depression can also be darned normal
Often events occur in our lives that actually give us cause to feel depressed. If a relationship has failed, it is normal to experience a short period of depression. The same is true if a loved one dies. In fact, you would not be considered normal if you never had any days where you felt “blue.” It is perfectly healthy.
However, there does come a point when the depression is not normal. It is no longer normal when the depression lingers on for more than two weeks. It is also no longer normal if thoughts of suicide enter your mind. When the depression is preventing you from doing your usual activities, this is not normal, and treatment should be sought.
Many people don’t recognize the signs and symptoms of depression — either in themselves or other people. It is vital to know what the signs are so that you can seek treatment, or offer support to a depressed friend or a loved one.
The most common signs and symptoms of depression are:
1. Loss of energy
3. Physical aches and pains
4. Problems concentrating or staying focused
6. Change in sleep patterns — either not sleeping well or sleeping too much
7. Change in appetite — may eat more or eat less than usual
8. Loss of interest in daily activities
9. Feelings of helplessness
10. Feelings of hopelessness
If you or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, even short term, this is a sign that a serious depressed state exists. You should seek treatment. You can start with your medical doctor, and he will determine whether or not the depression is caused by a physical condition. If it is not, he will refer you to the appropriate doctor for treatment.
Never assume that the depression will pass. If it hasn’t passed within a couple of weeks, it most likely will not pass without the proper treatment.