Thirteen Symptoms of Depression:

1.  Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings

2.  Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

3.  Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness

4.  Irritability, restlessness

5.  Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex

6.  Fatigue and decreased energy

7.  Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions

8.  Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping

9.  Overeating, or appetite loss

10.  Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

11.  Thoughts that your loved ones would be better off without you

12.  Wishing you could just “go away”, or that it could just all be over

13.  Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

Everybody feels “blue” or down once in a while.  But if you have feelings like the ones listed above, and they last longer than two weeks, or if they interfere with your daily life and normal functioning, please get help.  Depression is a real, serious disease, and it is common.  But it is also treatable;  most people who get treatment are helped by it.  Don’t stay in the darkness;  with help, you can see the sun again.

Thinking of you, my friend… thanks for finally getting help.

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