Life does in fact have its ups and downs; however, when symptoms of depression persist beyond two weeks, it is time to seek help.
You may have persistent sadness, feel dark and dreary, have low energy, and or isolate yourself socially. Sleep may be elusive or yet again sleep may be excessive and a means of escape. Loss of mental clarity, lack of motivation, apathy, or the inability to experience pleasure are possible symptoms. People with depression may feel hopelessness, helplessness, be irritable and angry.
Depression may be linked to a chronic medical illness, loss of a loved one, family issues, or financial hardship. Depression is frequently rooted in trauma. A family history of depression and other mental health disorders may play a role in depression.
You can get better, but need help to move through these challenges which may include medication and therapy with a qualified professional.
When there are thoughts, impulses, or plans to harm oneself, or end one’s life, it is critical to get help now. For immediate help, Dial 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room, or call 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Hotline.