Signs of Depression Checklist
- Persistent feelings of sadness, irritability or tension
- Decreased interest in or pleasure in usual activities or hobbies
- Loss of energy, feeling tired despite lack of activity
- A change in appetite with significant weight loss or gain
- A change in sleeping patterns such as difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much
- Restlessness or feeling slowed down
- Decreased ability to make decisions or concentrate
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or guilt
- Thoughts of suicide or death
Many things can trigger Depression. Changes in life such as; job loss, transitions, death of a loved one, and divorce, are some examples of situational causes. Other triggers can be biological causes such as; hormone changes (puberty, pregnancy, post-partum, menopause, etc.), or reactions to illness and injury. Some people experience both situational and biological issues.
The brain consists of a giant messaging system of neurons that send messages to the body using brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These brain chemicals (e.g. serotonin, norepenephrine, and dopamine) are responsible for our emotional state.
Depression and anxiety can occur when these messages are not delivered correctly between brain cells, disrupting communication.
The good news is that there are many forms of treatment scientifically proven to help you cope:
- Individual counseling/therapy
- Biofeedback/Relaxation techniques/EMDR
- Self help groups
- Exercise and nutrition
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