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The Face of Depression – It’s Not What You Think

Contrary to popular belief, depression isn’t just being INTENSELY sad.  People have bad days.  Everyone’s had a bad breakup.  I mean look at Taylor Swift, just pick a random song off one of her albums and you can see how sad breakups make her.

You can tell someone hasn’t had to deal with depression if they go around saying stuff like “I’m so depressed, I just finished watching The Office and now there’s none left”.  I’d be a little worried if you weren’t sad after finishing that show.  It made me cry just like everyone else.  But in no way, shape, or form did it cause anybody to get depression.

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States among people ages 15-44.  True depression is can be absolutely debilitating.  Instead of sadness, it’s a lot easier to compare depression to emptiness, pointlessness, or a complete lack of will to do anything.

Symptoms

  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Decrease or increase in appetite
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation
  • Constant fatigue
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive and inappropriate guilt
  • Recurrent thoughts of death and suicidal ideation with or without specific plans for committing suicide
  • Diminished ability to think, concentrate and make decisions

Just one of these symptoms would be hard to deal with.  If you can look back at a time in your life where you’ve had these then you might have depression, of course, you probably already knew that.  Those symptoms seem like it’d make it easy to diagnose, but that couldn’t be further than the truth.

Depression is embarrassing, people don’t like to talk about.  Having the courage to defeat anxieties that come with depression and get help is the first step in dealing with depression.

Getting Help

Getting started on antidepressants has made a world of a difference for so many because of one reason…

Depression is a chemical thing!

Many times people with Major Depressive Disorder or Dysthymia can get it from their genetics.  The chemicals in their brain aren’t balanced right.  Of course, there are many different types of antidepressants and they all can be very different.  That’s why it’s especially important to talk to a doctor and not just take a friend’s pills.

The next step is to get counseling.

Counseling

Many people feel anxiety, depression, confusion, or just overwhelmed at some point during their life and need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control.  Individual counseling is always recommended to help deal with stress and anxiety.

Anxiety goes hand in hand with depression.  People diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder often have depressive symptoms and vice versa.  Both can be helped with the help of a licensed counselor.  These counselors know the best treatments and methods for dealing with all the stresses that people most commonly deal with.

If you feel that those symptoms described you and you might need help then give us a call at 877-701-2899 or email us at info@stghighdesert.com to get an appointment set up so you can get your life back.

As always if you feel suicidal you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you need someone to talk to right away.  If you know someone who is a risk don’t hesitate to get in touch with them and recommend help or just talk with them.  Suicide isn’t something to be messed with and is often linked to depression.

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