If you feel like you’re living under a grey cloud, you’re not alone. 1 in 4 Americans suffers from mental illness, and the majority of those are classified as anxiety and mood disorders.
Unfortunately, we tend to treat mental illness as something someone can just “snap out of” instead of treating it as we would diabetes or heart disease. So, if any of the signs and symptoms below look familiar, please call a professional and get started on the road to recovery.
If you’re not suffering from depression, but know someone who is, here is a great article from Psych Central that walks you through 9 ways you can help someone who is going through it.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression (from the Mayo Clinic)
• Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
• Irritability or frustration
• Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
• Reduced sex drive or erectile dysfunction
• Insomnia or excessive sleeping
• Changes in appetite (either decreased appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain)
• Agitation or restlessness
• Substance abuse
• Angry outbursts
• Persistent feelings of stress or anxiety
• Slowed thinking, speaking, or body movements
• Indecisiveness, distractibility, and decreased ability to concentrate
• Fatigue and loss of energy — even small tasks may seem to require a lot of effort
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren’t going right
• Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
• Frequent thoughts of death, dying, or suicide
• Crying spells for no apparent reason
• Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
** Even if you don’t have one of these symptoms but feel you may be depressed, don’t hesitate to contact a professional.**