The term “depression” is used very loosely in our society and often does not fully reflect the nature of true depression and its symptoms. Symptoms of depression can include:
- Sleep disturbances: insomnia, irregular sleep patterns or oversleeping.
- Loss of interest in daily activities.
- Inability to experience joy or pleasure.
- Appetite or weight changes.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Agitation and/or irritability.
- Feelings of self-loathing, worthlessness or guilt.
- Suicidal thoughts/plans.
Both men and women experience depression, although depression often manifests itself differently based on gender, culture and personality. Depression can be impacted by many biological and environmental factors.
Postpartum depression may occur immediately after childbirth or have a delayed onset up to a year later. Often referred to as “the baby blues”, postpartum depression is much more serious and can negatively interfere with a woman’s ability to successfully care for herself and her child.
Illness can also cause depression, especially life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Cancer, kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes are just a few examples of medical conditions that have high rates of co-existing depression.
The key to depression recovery is to begin by seeking professional help. Isolation fuels depression and left untreated, depression can get worse. Let me share with you the resources available to help you on a path to wellness.