Depression Drogheda - What is depression?
Depression is more than just feeling down or the Blues.
“I’m feeling depressed” or “this is so depressing” are commonly used expressions for feeling down or being overwhelmed with sad feelings.
Depression takes away your motivation, energy, optimism, and desire to do the things you enjoy like socialising. All the good aspects of your drive decrease and feelings of anxiety, despair, lost confidence, hopelessness and exhaustion take over.
You may notice that you start to think differently, things you don’t normally worry about start to bother you, small problems become huge and the future loses its appeal.
You might be depressed if you felt sad, depressed or irritable for most of the time for more than 2 weeks and have lost interest or a sense of pleasure in activities you used to enjoy.
While every person is different, the guidelines for clinical depression are when someone experiences three or more of the below for a period of more than two weeks.
Signs of depression
- Feeling helpless hopeless or alone
- Loss of Libido
- Loss of get up and go
- Sleeping too much or not enough
- Crying for no apparent reason
- Weight gain or loss
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Short tempered
- Socially withdrawn
- Feeling hollow or empty inside
- Feeling anxious
- Miss-use of drugs prescribed or otherwise
- Loss of interest in things that once gave pleasure.
Just because you’re feeling down or low in spirits, doesn’t mean you’re suffering from clinical depression. You're just a little off your game that's all.