Feelings of sadness are a part of a universal human experience. There are times in life when feeling sad is appropriate and necessary as we work through challenges and losses. However, in some cases, people may sink into a deeper state of depression that sends a person on a spiral of overwhelming thoughts. When depression is acknowledged soon after feelings are triggered or initiated by an experience, the better chances a person can seek and pull together their support and resources. Some signs to consider:
Are you feeling more irritable than usual?
Do you feel you have a shorter fuse? Trouble finding the ability to care about your loved one's own issues?
Do you have little interest in doing what you usually like to do?
Are you finding you are constantly saying, "I'm just so tired?"
Are you having trouble concentrating on things?
Are activities you are use to taking longer to complete or are you moving slower than usual as you go about your day?
Do you sometimes have thoughts about dying or your purpose in your life?
If you answered yes to any of these questions it does not mean you have depression, but it does mean you might want to consider seeking support to help navigate your emotions and put in place support and strategies to prevent any further onset of depressive feelings. Call today to talk more if you did answer yes to any of these questions.
National Suicide Hotline Prevention: 1-800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Hotline. Go to https://activeheroes.org/get-help/ there is a number and a chat options for veterans feeling stuck or in crisis
Other depression resources: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/depression-support-and-advocacy