More than just “the blues,” depression is characterized by a persistent sense of sadness, emptiness or worthlessness; a loss of interest in your usual hobbies; fatigue; restlessness; difficulty sleeping and a change in appetite and weight, among other symptoms. It can also leave you at greater risk of suicide, heart disease, substance abuse and even eating disorders. If you feel you may suffer from depression, talk with your doctor or a licensed mental health professional, who may suggest a combination of one or more of the following:
*If you decide to go on medication, it is important you work closely with your doctor to track any side-effects you may experience. Antidepressants in particular may cause suicidal thoughts. If you are having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255.