When Do I Need Help For My Depression?
According to the CDC, 4.7% of adults in the United States experience regular feelings of depression. But with the pandemic, a study has shown that percentage to be much higher, reaching approximately a quarter of the US population. How do you know if your depression is a temporary, passing depression, or if it is more serious situation?
Symptoms of Clinical Depression
If any of the following symptoms, as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V), have been present for a period of two weeks or longer, you should seek help for your depression.
- Hopelessness – The feeling that there is no hope, resulting in a lack of desire to move forward and the inability to see anything outside of the pain you are currently experiencing
- Lack of Interest in Activities or Hobbies – Apathy towards the activities that you used to love partaking in or withdrawal from the people you used to do them with. Things you used to enjoy doing just don’t make you happy like they used to – that is, if you can even force yourself to do them at all.
- Changes in Sleep Habits – This can manifest as disturbances in your normal sleep cycles, insomnia or oversleeping.
- Changes in Appetite and Eating – This can be anything from the complete loss of appetite due to the intensity of your sadness to binge eating as a form of self-medicating. If you experience a significant change in either appetite or weight, this is a warning signal that you are dealing with depression.
- Inability to Concentrate – More than a temporary brain fog or brief forgetfulness, you are unable, or even unwilling to concentrate on the things that need done, such as work duties, studies or decision making.
- Excessive Irritability and Moodiness – While everyone experiences moodiness now and then, depression can weaken your ability to exhibit self-control when situations arise that are considered annoying or agitating. If little things are consistently setting you off and causing thoughts of harming either yourself or others, you should immediately seek help.
- Self-Reproach – Relentless feelings of worthlessness, inadequacy or guilt. Unchecked, these thoughts can spiral out of control and lead to self-harm.
- Thoughts of Suicide, Death or Self-Harm – If you find yourself having persistent thoughts of suicide, death or harming yourself in any way, seek help immediately.
If you experiencing prolonged bouts of any of these symptoms, do not keep it a secret. The first step in the battle is to bring it to light. There are numerous resources available for you to help you to overcome these setbacks and to move forward in life. OneEighty is one of those resources. You can call us at 330-264-8498 to schedule an appointment or for additional information.