How do you know if you are depressed?
- Jennifer Baxt LMHC,LMFT, NCC, DCC
Hundreds live their lives without realizing they are depressed. How can this be? They dont know the signs or they dont believe that they could possibly be depressed. Perhaps they think they are just tired, or they have simply lost interest in the job they used to enjoy thinking that they have simply become bored of the same old. Perhaps they have missed noticing how irritable they have become, or how they have neglected their friends lately as they have favored staying in most weekends instead of going out. All these can be subtle changes in the personality that can be a sign that you might be depressed. Recognizing depression in others can be difficult enough, but recognizing it within ones self can be extremely difficult.
If one is aware of what some of the signs of depression are, they can start to ask themselves questions that can help them determine if it might be time to get some help from a therapist. Untreated depression can eventually grow into a serious condition that can greatly affect a persons life in a very negative way. Some symptoms that a depressed person my experience will include fatigue, the feeling of persistent sadness, irritability, worthlessness, frustration, have a change of appetite, sleeping habits, or have difficulty concentrating and getting things done. People with depression also often tend to lose interest in activities that they would normally enjoy doing. They can feel like they would rather stay home than go out with friends and they can also suffer a loss of confidence and self-esteem. When first coming down with depression, a person may only experience one or two of these symptoms, but as time goes on and the depression becomes worse, they may begin to experience many of these symptoms. In some cases, the depression may have come out of nowhere, but in many other cases the depression is brought on by a traumatizing event or the loss of a loved one. If something has greatly affected a persons life in a negative way, it could very well be a possible cause of the depression.
Anyone who believes they might be suffering from depression should consult a therapist or a counselor who can help them get out of their depression and back into a happier life. Thanks to todays technology, online therapy is now available and it is becoming more popular all the time. Anyone who has access to the internet can easily contact an online therapist by doing a quick search on the internet and sending a message to the doctors e-mail. The therapist can then communicate with the patient through messaging and help the patient to determine why they might be suffering from depression. Once they have uncovered the issues, the therapist can then work with the patient to deal with the issues and get the patient out of their depression. Online therapy is a relatively new concept, but its increasing popularity is greatly due to its constant success in treating online patients for their depression.