Depression is more than just feeling blue or a little down; it is a real disorder that needs attention and treatment. Depression is a serious problem that affects all aspects of a person’s life, from social issues to personal feelings. It isn’t a sign of personal weakness or failure; it’s actually a sign that depression treatment is needed. Without effective treatment, a person with depression is at great risk for other behavioral problems.

If any of the following symptoms apply to you or someone in your life, you may need professional help:

  • A sad, anxious or empty mood over an extended period of time
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in all or most activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Decreased energy, a feeling of being fatigued or “slowed down”
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Problems with memory
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Sleeping too much or not enough
  • Change in appetite and/or unintended weight loss or gain
  • Chronic pain or other persistent bodily symptoms not caused by illness or injury
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

Having depression isn’t hopeless, but it can definitely feel that way. Take a step towards recovery by contacting Brookhaven Hospital today at 888-298-4673.

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