Everyone feels sad sometimes, but these feelings usually pass after a few days. With depression, the feelings do not go away. And they often interfere with daily life.
How do you know if you or someone you know is depressed? Different people have different symptoms. But the most common signs are:
- Feeling sad or empty
- Feeling hopeless, irritable, anxious, or guilty
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Feeling very tired
- Not being able to concentrate or remember details
- Not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much
- Overeating, or not wanting to eat at all
- Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
If you think you are depressed, don't worry, there are many effective treatments for depression. Treatments include antidepressants and therapy.
It's important to speak with your doctor if you think you have depression. Many medical conditions have similar symptoms. Additionally, certain medications can affect your mood. Your doctor will be able to properly diagnosis you and get you on a treatment plan that best suits you.
If you, or someone you know, is thinking of death or suicide-get help quickly. Know that you are not alone. Here are some options:
- Talk to a friend, family member, or your doctor right away.
- Call 911 for emergency services.
- Seek help at the nearest emergency room.
- Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
(Related providers: Community Mental Health Centers, Counseling & Mental Health Services, Psychiatric Hospitals, and Psychiatrists)