Is It Depression… or Something Else?

Is It Depression... or Something Else?

( – You’ve been feeling pretty sad lately, really down in the dumps. These feelings don’t seem normal to you. Could you have Clinical Depression, or is it just the blues?

Thousands of people ask themselves the same question every single day, and truthfully, there’s no easy answer. Depression can present in ways that seem as unique as the person they affect and everyone experiences it differently.

In fact, there are actually five distinct subtypes, each with its own unique features.

So, how can you spot those warning signs, and when should you reach out for help? We’ll cover that in the next few sections.

Depression Is Relentless

How do you know if you have clinical depression or something else? Depression hits hard and oftentimes out of nowhere, says Healthline. There may be no real reason why you feel sad and upset.

Here are the most common clinical signs:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Lack of concentration
  • Feelings of suicide

These feelings can get worse over time. But there is hope: medication, therapy, and sometimes even simple lifestyle changes can turn things around.

You’re Not Alone

If you’re struggling with depression symptoms, it’s important that you seek medical help. A professional may be able to apply behavioral and cognitive therapy techniques, along with the right medication, to help regulate your body and enable you to adjust and cope.

Know you’re not alone with your depression. Seek out support groups and talk with those closest to you. If you’re thinking about suicide or need questions answered now, call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.

To truly know whether you’re experiencing normal sadness or a form of depression, you need to talk to your doctor. Don’t let your feelings overtake your life. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

~Here’s to Your Success!

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