KNOW the SYMPTOMS of DEPRESSION
Depression can be long-term or have an acute onset. You may have felt this way for years or an event in your life has hit you harder and for far longer than you imagined.
The symptoms of depression are debilitating; hurting you and the people around you.
Fortunately, advances in treatment and training in this field have helped transform the lives of adults, teens and children: clients who are "sick and tired of being sick and tired." ....................... Are you?
The test below suggests 18 scenarios. If you frequently answer "yes" or "most of the time," you may be suffering from depression.
- I've noticed a change in my sleeping pattern such as difficulty falling
asleep, waking up frequently throughout the night, or oversleeping in
- I feel like I've lost interest in activities that were once enjoyable for me.
- I've been feeling sad, blue, unhappy or down in the dumps; like there's a dark cloud over me.
- I feel inadequate.
- I feel like a failure.
- I feel left out; not really liked by other people.
- When the phone rings, I tend to ignore it even when I know it may be a good friend calling.
- It feels like I've been drained of all energy and that to do just about anything will take more effort than I can summon.
- I've been crying a lot more than usual.
- I've been thinking a lot about my own death.
- I've gained weight or lost weight without really trying.
- I've been getting headaches, stomach aches, back pain or aching in my
joints or muscles that can’t be traced to a physical illness or injury.
- It seems as though everything is going wrong no matter how hard I'm trying.
- I've been turning down invitations to get together with friends because
trying to socialize feels like it will take more energy than I have or
because I think my "down" mood will just depress everyone else.
- I find myself purposefully or absentmindedly engaging in risky behavior
such as not wearing a seat belt, driving carelessly, driving after I've been drinking.
- I've been thinking about suicide.
- I've been staying home from work or school because of my depressed mood.
- I've been drinking/drugging more than I usually do.
The time to get help; to start enjoying your life, family, and friends is now.
There IS a solution!
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By Hugh C. McBride
Researchers who analyzed dozens of studies on cognitive behavioral
therapy (CBT) have concluded that the technique is an effective means
of reducing symptoms related to depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic
stress disorder in teenagers and adolescents who have experienced some
type of trauma. These findings are consistent with previous research
into the use of CBT with depressed teens.
- Related articles and resources are linked from http://www.4therapy.com, a wonderful network of resources for a large variety of your mental health questions.