When we’re feeling down sometimes, it’s only natural to wonder if we’re depressed. Far too many people don’t really understand the difference between sadness and depression, so it’s important to understand the signs of clinical depression. Obviously, if you’re worried you have clinical depression, it’s important to see a professional immediately, but in the meantime, we wanted to provide some guidelines to help you understand depression.
Nearly everyone experiences feelings of sadness, loneliness or even depression at certain times in their lives. These emotions are normal in the face of loss, difficulties in life, damaged self-esteem or disappointments. It’s when these feelings seem to persist or become overwhelming that we should begin to consider getting help. If these emotions tend to get in the way of other responsibilities and even manifest in physical symptoms, then we need to see a professional.
Some experts point out that feelings of loss or sadness seem to have a sense of motion to them whereas depression does not. People that experience depression report that their sense of sadness is persistent and that they feel as if these feelings are permanent. That’s when the individual can struggle with feeling hopeless which is why depression can become life threatening. These feelings can last months or even years, and many depressed people begin to think about self-harm if left untreated. There are some websites that even report that more than one in 10 people suffering from depression commit suicide. This is why it is so important to identify the symptoms of depression early and get help as soon as possible.
Some of the signs of depression may include:
- Problems with concentration and focus
- Low levels of energy
- Sleep difficulties ranging from excessive sleeping to insomnia
- Feelings of guilt, low self-esteem or helplessness
- Loss of interest in pleasurable things
- Changes in appetite ranging from overeating to a loss of appetite
- An increase in medical problems including digestive issues, headaches or other aches & pains
- Persistent feelings of sadness or anxiety
- Irritability or restlessness
- Suicidal feelings or thoughts/acts of self-harm
If you or a loved one suffers from more than a few of these signs of depression, you should contact a medical professional immediately. Depression is a continuum that left untreated can definitely progress and get worse.
For people that know they are depressed and want relief as soon as possible, contact 855.438.5382 today to discuss ways ketamine infusion therapy can give you relief. Some of our patients have felt better after the first treatment. It’s time you get on with your life and begin to feel better. Ketamine offers hope to people suffering from depression. And, hope is something that depressed people go far too long to feel. Call today.