Many of us have low periods when we feel down and have little or no motivation, but we normally shake it off after a short period and return to our normal selves. Depression, however, is not so easy to shake off. It can cause individuals to spiral into a deep, overwhelming sense of sadness where they have no hope, motivation or energy. There are actually many symptoms and I would draw your attention to ‘Depression’ on the ‘Links’ page on this web ite for more details. Here I will just comment that depression is serious and can have devastating consequences. Depressed people are not lazy, just looking for sympathy or having a bad day. They need treatment and empathy. For some of us it may be hard to relate to true depression, but don’t make the mistake of underrating it.
There are many sad statistics that range across all ages, social and financial statuses that show the impact depression can have. Many of these statistics involve teenagers and the elderly. I really did not appreciate just how many of these two groups, in particular, were impacted by depression. Recognize it and urge treatment for those affected.
Symptoms (see www.depressionhurts.ca on ‘Links’ page)
• Sadness throughout the day, nearly every day
• Loss of interest in or enjoyment of one?s favorite activities
• Feelings of worthlessness
• Excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt
• Thoughts of death or suicide
• Trouble making decisions
• Trouble concentrating
• Feelings of irritability
• Fatigue or lack of energy
• Aches and pains (such as headaches, stomach pain, joint pains or other pains)
• Sleeping too much or too little
• Change in appetite or weight
Feelings of restlessness or being slowed down