Understanding Depression, Pt. 1

depressionI found an “Understanding Depression” worksheet (PDF) at www.cdc.gov, which outlines a few important things about depression.

Common depression myths

  • Depression is not a sign of weakness
  • Depression is not a lack of character or courage.
  • Being depressed is not abnormal.
  • Depressed people are not crazy.
  • Mental depression is not the same as “feeling blue.” (quotes mine)
  • Depression is not hopeless; feelings of hopelessness are a symptom of depression.

Signs of depression

  • Sad appearance, slow motions, unkempt look
  • Sad feelings, hopelessness, unhappy or down
  • Negative thoughts
  • Reduced activity, seen as laziness
  • Reduced focus
  • Hesitation to interact with others
  • Low self-esteem/guilt
  • Lack of or too much sleep
  • Excessive weight gain or loss
  • Low sexual interest
  • Constant headaches or migraines
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-inflicted marks or cuts on the skin

Questions for depression people:

  • Do I really want to change?
  • What benefits do I get from being depressed?
  • What does it do for me?
  • What payoffs would I get if I let go of my depression?
  • If I were not depressed, what would I be doing?

Seek professional help if:

  • There are suicidal thoughts
  • Severe mood swings are experienced
  • Talking things out with someone would help
  • Things seems out of control and can’t be handled alone

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