Depression affects 16 million Americans each year. There are various forms of depression, which often co-occurs with anxiety.
Symptoms of depression may include:
– Sad, anxious, or an “empty” mood
– Hopelessness or pessimism
– Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
– Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
– Decreased energy or fatigue
– Moving or talking more slowly
– Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
– Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
– Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
– Appetite and/or weight changes
– Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
– Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment
Not everyone who experiences depressive symptoms will have every symptom but may only experience a few symptoms.
Treatment may include either one or a combination of:
- Change in diet
For more information go to the National Institute of Mental Health.
When an individual has experienced depression, healing can take place. With the support of a caring therapist, the healing can be achievable.