Got the Blues?
It’s ok. We all get down now and then. It’s part of the human condition. But if you, or someone you know, has been out of sorts for longer than two or three weeks, that could be an indication of depression. And that’s no fun for anyone. The good news is that depression is treatable.
What Causes Depression?
Depression can come from many sources. It can be hereditary. It can come from a change in brain chemistry caused by a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in your diet or from an illness. It can come from stress over finances, loss of a loved one or unhappy relationships. It may even come from a seemingly happy major event like starting a new job, graduating or getting married. Many situations that disrupt our world may cause depression.
Everyone is different; however, there are common signs of depression. Some are mental, some are physical and some are emotional. Mentally, you may suddenly have trouble concentrating or remembering things. Physically, you might experience unexplained fatigue, indigestion, headaches or aching muscles. Losses of appetite or sudden binge eating leading to severe weight loss or weight gain are also common indicators.
Emotional changes are widespread. You may feel lost and helpless. You no longer want to participate in activities that once brought you joy. In fact, nothing really brings you pleasure anymore. You might be more irritable or aggressive than normal, perhaps even violent. You may be withdrawn. Everything and everyone gets on your nerves. You’re constantly finding fault in everyone — including yourself. The signs of depression are numerous. If you notice one or more of these symptoms over an extended period of time, you should seek help.
If you had a large splinter stuck in your back that you couldn’t reach, would you ask for help removing it? Or would you silently suffer for the rest of your life? Asking for help is not a sign of weakness — it’s a sign of intelligence. Remember, depression is not a choice we make. And no one — no one — is immune. Fortunately, it is treatable. And treating your depression can change your world. C’mon, Embrace Life!