Depression is a common condition that affects the body as well as the mind. Its characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, low self-esteem and a loss of interest in regular activities. Many factors can cause or trigger depression genetics, brain chemistry, personal loss, reactions to stress or medication, or a psychological predisposition toward depression.
Depression is not always easy to recognize and can go unnoticed by the individuals who have it, by their families, and even by their healthcare providers.
You should never ignore symptoms such as feeling sad or “low”. These kinds of symptoms may signal a problem. Untreated depression is a major medical problem, seriously affecting ones health and happiness, so its important to talk with a healthcare provider if any symptoms worsen or intensify.
The fact that you are not having any problems getting to sleep or sleeping through the night is a good sign. However, it is possible to be depressed and still sleep well. If your sleep pattern changes, let your healthcare provider know about it.
You may not have noticed any significant weight change. Its a good idea to keep an eye on your weight because changes in weight and/or appetite sometimes occur with depression and other emotional problems.
These are just a few of the most noticeable indications that something may be wrong and its time to get some help. Dont ignore these signs when some help could be just a phone call away.