Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for a long period of time.
Signs and symptoms of depression
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
- Loss of interest in daily activities. No interest in former hobbies, past times or social activities. You've lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
- Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain - a change of more than 5% body weight in a month.
- Sleep Changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or over sleeping (also known as hypersomnia).
- Irritability or restlessness. Feeling agitated, restless, or on edge. Your tolerance level is low; everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
- Loss of energy.
- Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
- Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings.
- Thoughts of suicide, attempts.
There may be times when problems seem unmanageable and begin to interfere with your ability to meet day-to-day challenges. At those times, you need someone who is trained in dealing with difficult issues. Harbor's professional staff is highly qualified and can help you learn to handle the tough times.