It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Part of it was the new job. And part of it was depression. Statistics from 2009 suggest 9.5% of the adults in the United States have a depressive disorder. Twice as many women as men have a depressive disorder; they suggest it is because women have a difficult time knowing how to handle anger.
Here are some of the symptoms of depression:
- Having trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
- Having trouble concentrating
- A feeling of hopelessness or helplessness
- Having negative thoughts you can’t control (no matter how hard you try)
- Appetite changes (eating too little or too much)
- Feeling more irritable than usual
There is situational depression, where you feel this way because of something that has happened. Situational depression usually clears after a few months. Chronic depression may get worse or better, but it is always there, an underlying theme.
Chronic depression is not something to ignore. And it’s not something that will go away just because someone tells you to cheer up and get over it. Talking to a therapist or counselor is a very good idea. If you are thinking life is not worth living, talking with a therapist is a MUST. They may or may not suggest medication, perhaps on a short-term basis.
Thanks to my background in psychology, I have a bag of “tools” to deal with depression. Sometimes they work, and sometimes I forget to use them. Fortunately I also have a husband who knows how to make me laugh. 🙂 When someone you know is depressed, please know it is not your fault. It is something they are currently dealing with. Be gentle with them, offer to listen, and let them know you are there if they need you.
So I’m still here. And I hope to post more often. 🙂