Are you depressed or just feeling down?
Although depression is often thought of being in an extreme state of sadness, there is a huge difference between clinical depression and feeling down or sad. Sadness is something we all experience; it is a normal, human emotion. Feeling down is a natural reaction to painful circumstances. In fact, it is OK to feel unhappy at times. All of us will experience sadness at some point in our lives. However, sadness is not regular. Sadness is not an every moment of every day thing. Sadness goes away, depression does not. Depression, on the other hand, is an illness with many more symptoms than a sad mood. A person with clinical depression can feel lost in figuring out the reason behind his dark feelings. The depressed person loses interest in activities he enjoyed before. He is constantly tired, anxious, and is not sleeping well. There is significant weight changes and lack of concentration. Sometimes, he thinks it might be better if he was not alive anymore…
8 Things to remember when depressed:
- Your situation is NOT permanent.
- Talk about your feelings to a trusted person.
- Force yourself to accomplish one task per day no matter how small it may be.
- DO NOT isolate yourself.
- Journal. Write down your feelings. It can be a word, it can be a paragraph.
- Get some form of recreation outside of the home.
- Shower and keep your appearance up.
- Take your medications