Depression can take many forms, which is why it is important to be able
to identify the signs of this common condition. Did you know that depression
is experienced as anxiety about 65% of the time? This is just one reason
why it is important to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the condition.
Below, we list ways to help you better understand the symptoms of depression.
Symptoms of Depression
Irritability: Angry at the world? Vexed with life? Loved ones seem like a nuisance? These
can all be symptoms of depression. Though the causes may be something
internal, this anger can potentially lead to conflict or withdrawing from
Selfishness: Feeling sad? Thinking about your own pain? Depression can make it hard
to give or express emotions to other individuals.
Chronic Pain: Continuous physical discomfort sometimes results in depression. However,
when you are depressed and in pain, it can be difficult to know which
Drug Abuse: Alcohol, marijuana, and other recreational drugs can contribute to depression.
It is important to realize that all medications, including anti-depressants,
have side effects. Avoid self-medicating at all costs.
How to Deal with or Treat Depression
Although we don’t choose to be depressed, we do have a choice about
how to deal with it. From medication to art therapy, and even exercise,
it is vital to find the treatment that best suits you. For many, exercise
is not only the easiest treatment for depression, it is also the least
expensive. Simply walking 30 minutes a day can help alleviate symptoms
of depression. As diagnostic tools improve and better treatments become
available, identifying symptoms of depression is easier today than ever before.
Want more information about treatments for depression? Get in contact
with one of our Chico mental health professionals today.