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Signs You or Someone You Love May Be Depressed and Suggestions for Help

Common signs and symptoms of depression
• Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook-nothing will ever get better and there's nothing you can do to improve your situation.
• Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You've lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
• Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain-a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
• Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).
• Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
• Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
• Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
• Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
• Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
• Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

Suggestions

Stop Being So Hard On Yourself: Lighten up on all the self-criticism and Blame

Stop Imaging the Worst Thing Happening

Stop Caring So Much What Other People Think of You

Start Being Thankful and Grateful

Start Helping Others

Get a Hobby: A Cause, Spirituality, Exercise, Club

Make a List of Goals and Steps You Can Take to Reach Them

Get a Pet: If you want one that thinks you are a god-get a dog; if you want one that thinks he or she is a god-get a cat...both work on cutting down on depression and improving quality of life

Courtesy:

The Clark Institute: Private Practice Psychotherapy
for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Human Resource Associates
Matthew Clark, Psy.D.
(616) 458-0692
www.theclarkinstitute.com

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