What is Depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that involves a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems that affect one’s ability to function at daily tasks.
Causes of depression may vary, from personality, genetics , biochemistry, environmental factors, or a traumatic life event. Depression symptoms can vary in severity (mild to severe) and may include:
- Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If at any point you or someone you know experiencing depression needs immediate attention, dial 911.
Depression is treatable, and most people respond well to treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, seek the help of a professional, like a counselor (MA, MFT, LCSW), psychiatrist (M.D. or D.O) or psychotherapist (PhD., PsyD, or EdD). You can find a local reference by clicking one of the links below.
Mental Health Resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24/7 free, confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Sexual assault support
National Eating Disorder Association
Free, confidential helpline and support
24/7 support via text (send NEDA to 741-741)