In the last 2 weeks have you been bothered by little interest or pleasure in doing things?
Have you been feeling down, depressed or hopeless?
The following are symptoms of depression:
Feelings of sadness and loss of hope
Feelings of guilt
Feeling like life is not worth living
Wishing life would just end
Feeling worthless and empty
Loss of sleep or sleeping too much
Change in appetite
Lack of motivation
Lack of energy
Low self esteem
Negative self talk/pessimism
Overall physical discomfort
Preoccupation with physical problems
Avoidance of social situations (isolating)
Loss of libido
There are various types of depression:
Depression due to grief/loss
Mood changes due to menstrual cycle
Biologic depression (family history)
Dysthymia (low grade, chronic depression)
Google “Burns Depression Checklist”
Take the test. It allows you to add up your score and gives you ranges for the degree of depression. It also includes a weekly checklist to track your depression over time.
Ways to deal with depression:
1) Check with family and friends—folks close to you may notice changes in your behavior and mood before you do.
2) Let others help you by being there for you.
3) Share your feelings with someone you trust.
4) Check with your primary care doctor who can provide a depression screening and medication if you both decide you need something to get you through this difficult time.
5) Start doing one fun thing for yourself every day (listen to the birds, play a card game, sit in the sun, read an article in a magazine, color a picture with a kid).
6) Do one activity a day to get your body to move (go for a short walk).
7) Complete one task (take a shower, brush your teeth, make the bed)
8) If you don’t notice improvement in your mood, reach out for professional help by contacting a psychologist, clinical counselor or social worker.