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What are signs I may be suffering from OKMH1003217

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What are signs I may be suffering from depression?

Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

Depression is characterized by feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, lack of energy or motivation, thoughts of death and/or suicide, difficulty sleeping or eating too much or too little and trouble concentrating. It is common to feel there is no hope and no way out.

Depression can be caused by many factors. Sometimes it develops based on circumstances such as trauma, past abuse or a situation like a break up. Other times, it can be caused by chemical imbalances. Or you can have depression and there is no clear reason.

To help deal with what you feel, it is important that you see your doctor first. When you develop symptoms and the cause it not clear, it is always a good idea to rule out any possible physical cause. Many illnesses can cause emotional symptoms first so ruling out any possible physical problems helps you so you can focus on psychological treatment.

To find out if you do have depression, it is a good idea to see a therapist. Any therapist with a Master's degree or above can help provide an evaluation to determine your symptoms and history so you can be given a diagnosis. If you have not tried therapy, you might want to at this point. Therapy is often one of the best ways to feel better. Medications are helpful to deal with the symptoms of depression but they do not get rid of them permanently. Therapy can do that for you. To have a better chance at finding a good therapist, ask your doctor for a referral. Or you can search on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/.

You can also learn more about depression to see if your symptoms fit the diagnosis. Here are some resources to help:

http://helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm

http://helpguide.org/topics/depression.htm

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/complete-index.shtml

If you are depressed, keep trying to stay to your routine as much as possible. Do what you can, but don't be hard on yourself if you are unable to. If you are depressed, getting help and support will make a difference and you will be able to feel like yourself again.

I hope this has helped you,
Kate
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I hope my answer was helpful to you. If you have any more questions, please let me know.

 

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Thank you very much for the positive rating and bonus! I appreciate it.

My best to you,
Kate

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