Depression is a common and serious medical illness and a spiritual battle. It affects how you feel, causes negative feelings, thoughts and can impact your psychomotor skills. Depression is treatable, but when going untreated/ ignored it can become a silent killer.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
Loss of energy or increased fatigue
Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
Feeling worthless or guilty
Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
Thoughts of death or suicide
Symptoms must last at least two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning for a diagnosis of depression.
For help and more information about depression you can visit MentalHealth.gov or call 1-(800)-662-HELP (4357) at anytime. Please remember that you’re not alone!