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Are You Depressed? A Checklist

Are You Depressed? A Checklist

Everyone feels down in the dumps from time to time: itís a natural part of life. But if you find yourself unable to snap out of that feeling within a reasonable period, then you may be suffering from depression.

Here is a list of the symptoms a doctor will look for when considering a diagnosis of depression. Find out if you may have it, and–most importantly–what to do about it, here:

Do any of the following apply to you?
Insomnia or disturbed sleep.
Fatigue or loss of energy.
Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities and hobbies.
Suicidal or morbid thoughts of actions.
Feelings of low self-esteem, worthlessness, excessive guilt, lack of confidence.
Change in weight or appetite.
Consistently depressed mood.
Difficulty concentrating or decreased clarity of thought.
Avoidance of responsibility for fear of failure.

If you think you may be severely depressed
If many or most of the above statements were true for you, We recommend that you visit your family physician to rule out any physical causes for your symptoms. If none are indicated, ask your doctor for a recommendation, or check your Yellow Pages for your local Mental Health Association to find out where to go for help. Other helpful resources might include your family service agency, clergyperson, school counselor, crisis center, reiki practitioner or other alterative healer, psychologist, hot line, marriage or family counselor, social worker, nurse psychotherapist, or emergency room.

If you think you may be moderately or mildly depressed
If several or a few of the above statements applied to you, you may want to see your family physician to rule out a physical cause for your symptoms. And here are some helpful things to try (this list in no way substitutes going to a qualified mental health specialist, which is recommended):

30 minutes of daily vigorous exercise.
Standardized extract of St. Johnís Wort. A recent study discussed on WebMD showed that St. Johnís Wort was as effective as Paxil (with fewer side-effects) for treating mild to moderate depression. Follow label directions.
Increased consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as flaxseeds and oil, and walnuts).
Vitamin B complex supplements.
Meditation, breathing exercises, and/or yoga.

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Adapted from How to Feel Fabulous Today! by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Stephanie Tourles. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from How to Feel Fabulous Today! by Stephanie Tourles (Storey Books, 2001).

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3:14PM PDT on Apr 2, 2011

Thank you, Annie. Your article is very good!

2:47PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Hell, I have clinical/major depression and I'm 15. And I got it when I was 11.

9:58AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

Life is so horribly difficult. I find it hard to imagine anyone who isn't depressed.

12:19PM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

Thanks ...

7:40AM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

Blessings on you, Jean M. I know just how you feel. Life can be VERY hard. It can knock us for a loop so hard, sometimes, that we don't know who we are or how we can survive. But, somehow we do. Sometimes, it requires that we learn a whole new psychological skill set. Sometimes, it requires that we almost re-craft our life and start over. The older one gets, the harder that is to do.

The depressive economy we are currently experiencing is but one ingredient in the increased incidents of depression. I think that most of us are in for many more years of hard-hitting new economic readjustments. We need to find ways to band together, to lend support to one another. No one can make it through any kind of depression all alone, whether it be economic or psychological.

8:59PM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

Over the past 5 years I've had a number of daunting events that have happened to me; losses in family, losses in finances and a loss of motivation due to physical encumbrances and the inability of tackle such tasks as clearing more clutter. Much has been done but there is still more to be accomplished. I get to the point where I feel it really doesn't matter anymore and push it to the back of my mind and do only what is necessary and read and sleep. In this manner, I'm not worrying about my problems but feel frustrated because I've not done more. My family physician commented that perhaps I'm now making up for all the stress that I've had and what I'm still facing. I realize I need to get a new life - exercise for my medical shortcomings and keep promising myself I will do better when I'm feeling better. Those are my expressed thoughts and maybe others feel that way too as we age.

12:18PM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

yeah

8:14AM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

economy recession, pandemic depression...
the dream is over, it's time to wake up to reality,
accept it and react.
The 'old world' is gone and it is the down of the 'new world'...
Give yourself 'pressure', set your goals, review your values, make a plan for your future, change your habits, perform the style of living of the 'new age'...
depression is healthy... it is a blessing call for pioneers of change!
Too crazy radical? I do not think so. The 'change', the big one, the shift of consciousness, from the age of pisces to the age of acquarious, the 'new age', that change has been predicted, prophetized, and now it is happening! Depressed egos are surrendering to the Self !

5:41PM PDT on Mar 23, 2010

Thank you.

2:28PM PST on Mar 13, 2010

Thanks for posting this information.

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