Today is National Depression Screening Day, and all over the country, doctors are giving free evaluations to people who wonder if they have something more serious than the blues. Depression strikes 17 million Americans, and women are twice as likely to suffer. If you have any symptoms listed below, and believe me, most of us have been there, talk to your doctor. Also, talk to friends and join a support group like Mommies with Depression. The good news about this illness is that it's highly treatable.
Symptoms of Depression
- Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Irritability, restlessness, anxiety
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Insomnia, waking up during the night, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
Here are some ways to look for help.