Depression is one of those heavily used terms in our culture, applied to everything from a fleeting feeling to a serious clinical syndrome. Sometimes folks who have been depressed for a while are so used to it they do not even recognize it as depression! The following checklist is one tool to get you thinking about yourself and your mood.
- A persistent sad, anxious or “down” mood?
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed?
- Reduced appetite and weight loss or weight gain?
- Sleeping too little or sleeping too much?
- Restlessness or irritability?
- Persistent physical symptoms that don’t respond to treatment (such as headaches, chronic pain, or constipation and other digestive disorders)?
- Fatigue or loss of energy?
- Difficulty with concentration, decision making or memory?
- Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless?
- Thoughts of death or suicide?
If you said yes to 5 or more, please seek help from a trained professional. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately at your nearest emergency room or crisis line.
National Suicide Hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-TALK