I was diagnosed last year with Clinical Depression. My diagnosis came after several years of suffering, and a suicide attempt. When I compare how I feel now to how I felt this time last year, I am amazed at the difference. Even my soul feels refreshed.
I will always have Clinical Depression, however, my goal is to never allow myself to get that sick with it again. Everyday, I look for any signs that my medications might not be working. I have family members whose job is to watch and see if I exhibit any signs of a set back. I have plans in place in case my medications ever stop working, and I need some extra help for a time. I believe all of these are productive steps in my plan to stay as healthy as I can.
Depression affects more people than any other mental illness, more than about 19 million Americans each year.
Clinical Depression is more than just being down in the dumps, or feeling blue. It is a real illness, and it can be treated. Unfortunately, most people who have depression do not seek help.
Many people are intimidated by the stigma that surrounds depression or other mental health issues, and as a result do not want to let anyone know they need help. Others believe depression is just a normal part of life’s ups and downs, and do not realize that it is a real illness, causing them to delay seeking help, or to never seek it at all. It is important for people to know that depression is a real illness, and there are many effective treatments for it.
A persistent feeling of sadness, anxiety, or an empty feeling
Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much
Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased appetite and weight gain
Loss of interest and pleasure in once enjoyable activities
Restlessness, or irritability
Difficulty in concentrating, difficulty in remembering things, or difficulty making decisions
Fatigue or loss of energy
Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
Thoughts of suicide or death
If you have been experiencing five or more of these symptoms for two weeks or longer, there is a possibility that you may have depression. Seek professional help immediately.
If you are a family member is in crisis right now call 1-800-273-TALK or dial 911