How to know if you have depression

  • by unihealthadmin

“If the negative view of self, of the world and of the future persists, doctors may make a diagnosis of depression.” (Dr. Teresita Cantos-David, On Depression: Chasing the blues

 

And so we learned that constant negative perception may not be a healthy life choice, not if we have no plans of replacing the dark cloud hanging over our heads. But for some, it is not easy to change one’s view or to be optimistic about one’s situation or circumstance. This is because depression can be genetic. It is a serious mood disorder caused by imbalance of chemical messengers in the brain and not something that humans can physiologically control.

 

In short, we don’t bring depression upon ourselves.

 

To be sure that you are not merely sad or upset about an event in your life, know these persistent physical and emotional symptoms that a depressed person experiences every day, all day, for two weeks or longer:

 

  • Feeling sad
  • Feeling numb
  • Feeling restless
  • Crying for no reason
  • Losing interest in things that were enjoyed before
  • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Body aches
  • Having trouble concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

 

If you or someone you know have any of these symptoms and if the symptoms continue for longer than necessary, and not just a one-time occurrence, openly discuss it with someone you can trust, whether you or the other is the depressed one. Let others who can be trusted be aware of the situation, be it your family doctor, your priest or religious leader, your confidant, or your loved one.

 

Share the problem.

 

Don’t deal with your depression or someone else’s depression alone.

 

References:
 
Preventing Suicide. Retrieved from https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/topics/preventing-suicide
Cantos-David, Teresita MD. On Depression: Chasing the Blues Away. Retrieved from http://unihealthsouthwoodshospital.com/on-depression-chasing-the-blues-away/