Are you depressed?
During the ups and downs of life, most of us will have some downs and get the blues. We will experience some of the following symptoms of depression (DSM-5, 2013):
|No Feelings||Sleep Problems||Pessimism|
|Overeating||Hopelessness||Lack of Appetite|
|Low Self-esteem||Body Aches & Pains||Lack of Interest|
|Social Withdrawal||Everything an Effort||Guilt|
|Suicidal Thoughts||Suicide Plans|
(You may wish to download this list, circle the symptoms that apply to you, and bring it to an appointment for discussion.)
Usually only a few of these symptoms occur during a blue period. They are mild and soon pass. Then there is bounce back. The mood is temporary. Good humor and a more positive outlook return.
But a bounce back does not always happen, especially when the symptoms are intense and many. Instead resilience can fail and then a clinical depression may develop that needs therapy.
If this scenario is happening to you and you are answering “yes” to depressed?, you may wish to Contact Me or call my office at 317-872-4158. I’ll be glad to try to help.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, DSM-5. (2013). Washington D.C.: American Psychiatric Association.