Depression can often manifest as profound, lasting sadness, but there are many ways that depression can present in our lives. With symptoms ranging from passive expression, such as persistent sadness to active expression, such as anger or irritability, and including seemingly unrelated conditions such as forgetfulness or lethargy, it can often be difficult to pinpoint what we’re feeling or to know when it’s time to seek treatment for depression. Depression can also manifest in many ways, including suicide, bipolar depression, teen depression, postpartum depression, and other mood disorders.
Can we recognize when what we’re feeling is really something more, such as symptoms of depression?
One of the first steps to a happier, more contended life is understanding the types of depression.
Depression Symptoms can include any assortment of the following:
- Feelings of pessimism or hopelessness
- Appetite or weight changes
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Difficulty getting out of bed and following your normal routine
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decision
- Decreased energy, fatigue, or feelings of being “slowed down”
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Restlessness, anger, or irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms
- Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
If any of the above have persisted for two weeks or more, it may be time to seek depression treatment. Ridgeview Institute specializes in treatment for depression and depression help. Therapists and counselors are specially trained to recognize the symptoms of depression and offer effective treatment for depression symptoms.
What’s most important to understand is that depression and depression symptoms are “real” and not something one can just “snap out of”.
Appropriate, skilled depression help can effectively relieve the symptoms of depression and address the roots of depression, which are often resulting from the coexistence of several factors such as genetics, brain chemistry and biology, and life events such as the loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, adult trauma or an early childhood experience, or any stressful situation. Depression symptoms can present at any time during someone’s life or be triggered by any stimulus, including a prolonged illness. What’s most important to understand is that depression and depression symptoms are “real” and not something one can just “snap out of”.
Where To Find Help
Finding a therapist or counselor near by who is trained to recognize the types of depression and offer trained depression help can literally make the difference between life and death for those locked in struggle, but where to start? Typing “find a psychiatrist near me” or “find a counselor near me” can produce countless results without any way to know who will truly be able to help you and who will be a poor match, causing frustration and delay to effective treatment for depression.
The team of counselors and psychiatrists at Ridgeview Institute are specially trained to recognize depression symptoms and provide free assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No wait lists, no backed up schedules delaying treatment, just responsive, supportive help as soon as you’re ready.
Depression is a constantly changing condition and the depression symptoms you may feel one day may be different from those you’ve felt another. Something to be particularly aware of and responsive to is suicide and suicidal thoughts (also known as suicidal ideation). Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of 42,773 people each year. If you struggle with thoughts of suicide, know that you are not alone. Many people have passing thoughts of death however if thoughts have become more persistent, or if a suicide plan has been made, it’s very important to get help at once. Most people who are feeling suicidal or who have attempted suicide don’t actually wish to die but are instead reaching out for help or simply looking for a way to stop the pain they’re currently feeling. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness can quickly become overwhelming and having suicidal thoughts does not make one “bad”, “weak”, or “wrong”. It simply means that one’s stressors have exceeded their coping skills. Everyone needs a hand from time to time. If you are contemplating suicide or experiencing suicidal ideation, it’s important that you reach out for suicide help immediately.
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In children and teens, suicidal ideation may include a preoccupation with death or coincide with a recent breakup of a relationship or loss. In adults, suicidal thoughts may be indicated by substance abuse or a change in the way they consume alcohol, a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors, and may be triggered by recent job loss, relationship change, or divorce. In older adults, the death of a partner or diagnosis of a life-limiting illness may bring about suicidal ideation.
Risk factors for suicide are increased when other conditions are concurrent, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety so it’s important to remain in tune with ourselves or our loved ones when experiencing these symptoms. Suicide help is always close by and readily accessible from Ridgeview Institute, a safe place where people will listen to you. You can receive a free assessment any time of day or night and on any day of the week. You are never alone and we’re always eager to help. It’s important to know that with caring, effective treatment, individuals who have struggled with suicidal thoughts are able to move through their darkness, gain coping mechanisms, and enjoy contented lives of purpose and value.
Bipolar depression, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a category of depression. In fact, depression is sometimes referred to as unipolar depression, meaning that the majority of emotions are “lows” while bipolar depression symptoms involves two “poles” of emotion: low and high.
What is bipolar depression? Bipolar depression includes both the “lows” associated with unipolar depression symptoms such as sadness, lack of interest, apathy, and suicidal thoughts and “highs” or mania and elation. Bipolar depression symptoms include unusual shifts in mood, activity levels, energy, and can affect the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. The categories of bipolar depression include:
- Bipolar 1 Disorder, which includes manic episodes that last at least 7 days or are so severe that immediate hospital care is required. Depressive episodes are often co-occurring and can last at least two weeks. It is also not uncommon for the manic and depressive episodes to occur at the same time.
- Bipolar 2 Disorder is defined by a series of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes (which is a less severe form of a manic episode), without the full blown manic episodes as described above.
People experiencing manic episodes may feel very “up”, elated, or “high” with a lot of energy and increased activity levels. They may feel jumpy or wired and have trouble sleeping, becoming more active than usual. They may be agitated, irritable, or “touchy” and feel like their thoughts are moving very fast. They think they can do a lot of things at once and often engage in risky or reckless behavior. People having a depressive episode may feel very sad, down, empty, or hopeless and have little energy or have decreased activity levels; they may have trouble sleeping or may sleep too little or too much. They may feel like they can’t enjoy anything or are worried and empty or have trouble concentrating and become forgetful. Their eating habits may change and they may be eating too much or too little, feeling tired or “slowed down” and they may have “suicidal thoughts”. Any assortment of these bipolar depression symptoms may be present.
These psychological disorders can be very disruptive and prohibit an individual from living their life as they have planned. Relationships, jobs, and responsibilities can all be impacted when an individual is oscillating through manic and depressive episodes.
Teen depression is a special subset of depression and is a serious mood disorder that can result in a loss of interest in regular activities or cause persistent feelings of sadness. Depression symptoms for teens can be very similar to those experienced by adults, but signs of depression can look different in each individual.
Depression symptoms in teens can present not just as sadness or apathy, but can also look like anger, hostility, and irritability. It can include poor school performance and withdrawal from friends or sports they once enjoyed. Teenagers face a tremendous amount of pressure and stress from the changes of puberty and questions of who they are and how they fit in among their peers. It can be a challenge to differentiate between typical growing pains and depression. Depression in teens is a serious issue that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life and it’s important to be responsive to these mood disorders. Certainly, if a teen begins to talk or joke about suicide, use creative avenues such as art or poetry to focus on death and suicide, or give away prized positions, special attention must be given immediately to ensure their safety. Fortunately, teen depression is extremely treatable with the help of a trained child psychologist. Dealing with depression can be effective in a supportive, warm environment like Ridgeview Institute and teens can go on to enjoy rich, fulfilling lives and fully engaged with their families, friends, and community.