Depression

If you have experienced four or more of the following symptoms nearly every day for more than two weeks, you may be suffering from the psychological disorder known as depression:

  • Feelings of sadness, anxiety or hopelessness
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities and pastimes
  • Increase or decrease in appetite, or unexplained gain or loss of weight
  • Frequent backaches, headaches, stomach problems, or other aches that don’t respond to treatment
  • Insomnia or excessive sleepiness
  • Low energy, fatigue and tiredness
  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Inability to concentrate, remember or make decisions
  • Frequent thoughts of suicide or death

Depressive symptoms are more common in older people than among younger individuals. The earlier a depressed person receives help, the sooner the symptoms will be alleviated and the quicker the recovery. If you or someone you care for is dealing with depression, consult with a doctor. With counseling, medication and home treatment, most episodes of depression can be overcome.