We have been alarmed at the current incidences of suicide in our culture. One possible precondition related to suicide can be depression.
Approximately 15 million Americans have the symptoms of depression. About 80% of depressed individuals never get therapy.
As I have discussed depression with individuals who are experiencing these types of feelings, I sense an overwhelming helplessness. Moreover, there is often a belief that depression will be a permanent condition, a part of one’s everyday experience.
Depression does feel oppressive at times.
Some individuals don’t know exactly what the symptoms are. They just know they feel low or listless.
The symptoms of depression can be diverse; so, I think it is helpful to list some of the common ones. Following are 12 typical symptoms of depression as listed by Healthway.
- You are always tired
- Everyone and everything annoys you
- You sleep too little or too much
- Eating too much or very little
- You are in pain everywhere
- You don’t care that you look messy
- You are hiding
- Nothing interests you
- You beat yourself up
- You are forgetful or have trouble concentrating
- You feel numb
- You think about dying
Please, it is important you do not ignore feeling these types of emotions.
It is normal to have some of these feelings around tough issues you encounter in life, but if your feelings consistently reoccur, please see a professional who can help you identify the cause and possible pathways to healing.
If you know someone who is showing these signs of depression, help them realize there is a problem and encourage them to get help. Keep close to the people who care about you as you go through this process, but please be proactive.
Depression may be difficult and can be life-dominating, but the symptoms can be mitigated with the right therapy and support. Depression is curable.
Gerry Vassar, President/CEO