Clinical Depression is more than just feeling sad and can be caused by a host of factors. It can be genetic, environmental, physical, and how an individual processes their thinking. The signs and symptoms of depression linger over a prolonged period of time and disrupt your day to day functioning.
If you are currently feeling; sad, hopeless, or worthless and are tired, eating or sleeping too much or too little and have thoughts of harming yourself, you may be experiencing Depression. Seeking therapeutic intervention to learn coping skills, seeing a medical doctor for possible medication management, staying and being social, exercise, and utilizing support can greatly reduce the symptoms of depression and increase an overall sense of wellbeing.
If you’re not sure if you are currently suffering from depression there are helpful symptom check lists and a quiz to take online. One such site is www.psychcentral.com.
If your are currently having suicidal or homicidal thoughts, please call the crisis hotline immediately in your area for help and direction. In Tampa DIAL 2-1-1 or access the Crisiscenter website @ www.crisiscenter.com.