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How can you tell if you’re depressed?

Depression has long been one of the most misunderstood illnesses. In ancient times, it was referred to as melancholia, and it was thought that those suffering with the condition were possessed by the devil. Because people believed the problem was spiritual rather than mental or physical, treatment was administered by priests instead of doctors. This might all seem laughable now, but, even with today’s advanced research, depression continues to be mired in myth and misconception. One of the most confusing aspects of depression is its symptoms. It doesn’t take much to misinterpret someone’s mood or emotions, or to falsely ascribe certain behaviors to their personality. For these reasons, it’s common for people to overlook the telltale signs. If you’re not sure whether you or a loved one is depressed, check for the following recurring symptoms:

  • Getting upset, frustrated, or enraged easily
  • Low energy or mood (ex: sadness, lack of motivation, feelings of futility, lethargy, pessimism)
  • Changes in sleep patterns or eating habits
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Cognitive impairment (ex: memory issues, inability to focus)
  • Reclusion or other antisocial behavior
  • Random aches and pains
  • Dampened libido
  • Self-deprecating, guilty, or destructive thoughts

Treatment options for depression

Unlike centuries (or even just decades) ago, there are now several effective strategies for coping with and beating depression. In a previous post, we listed the different types of health care professionals who are specifically trained to address psychological conditions. Making an appointment is a great place to start, but if you’re interested in learning more don’t hesitate to explore the mental health resources in the LifeSpeak platform. Our experts thoroughly cover everything from stress, anxiety, and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide, all of which is available 24/7 so you have access whenever you need. Simply log into your LifeSpeak account, or ask your HR department to contact us about becoming a client.