May: Mental Health Awareness Month

May is mental health awareness month. I figured it was important to share some information with everyone that I haven’t shared before.
 
I found some statistics on the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
  • 8 million adults experience a mental illness
  • 10 million adults experience a serious mental illness
  • 2 million adults have a mental health and addiction disorder
  • 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters have serious mental disorders.
  • 24% of state prisoners have a recent history of mental health condition.
  • Depression is leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • Mental illness costs American $193.2 billion in lost earnings every year.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in U.S.
  • 20% of 13-18 year old live with a mental health condition.
  • 11% of youth have a mood disorder.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24.
 
Remember your illness does not define you but your strength and courage does. People tend to judge because they may not see something physically wrong with you. They didn’t see you crying yourself to sleep or the struggle it took to get up and get ready for the day.
 
One of my favorite quotes is by Martin Luther King Jr. “Never, Never be afraid to do what’s right especially if the well-being of a person or animal is a stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
 
For those who are lucky enough to NOT have a mental illness:
  • You should consider yourself lucky because 1 out of 4 of us do.
  • You need to educate yourself before you judge someone.
  • Just because you have a mental illness doesn’t mean you are weak.
  • Not everyone will need medication, sometimes therapy is enough.
  • Alcohol and drugs make it worse.
  • Mental illness is real and just like cancer it can’t be seen.
  • Mental illness is treatable but the longer you wait, the worse it gets.
  • You can’t just “snap out of it”
 
I have a chemical imbalance in my brain that I did not ask for but I will not be silent. I will overcome this and continue to advocate for others ❤
 
Everyone is here for a reason DON’T GIVE UP!!
 
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What I wish I knew a year ago about my body

I have struggled with my weight for almost 12 years now. For the past 12 years I have not taken care of my body the way I should have. I have had two babies and there are so many different diets and weight loss programs. I am not even sure where to begin. I finally had enough of feeling uncomfortable in my own skin that I went to go talk to my doctor. We did some investigating to find out why I was gaining weight and I found out that all the side effects for my medications cause weight gain. I also have PCOS which one of the main side effects is weight gain and obesisty. My doctor decided that giving me some medicine to help me lose some weight would be beneifical. I began taking it in March 2018 I had also stopped drinking soda, fast food and quit eating chocolate which were my biggest addictions. By May 2018 when I quit taking the medication I had lost close to 30 pounds. The medicine was an appetite suppressant and it worked very well. I actually had to force myself to eat because I had zero appetite.
 
I know I am not alone in this struggle with weight loss. It’s definitely a struggle and a very common one. There are so many “fads” and do they actually work? We could spend all this money on trying programs like Herbalife, ItWorks, Slim4Life, or Weight Watcher. As soon as you stop the program you gain all the weight you may have lost back. Also those programs are usually expensive, even when they say they are “cheap”.  Then there are diet fads such as keto, gluten free, vegan, and Mediterranean diets. I have tried many of these and the weight loss medication has been the only thing to help.
 
I haven’t been on this medication since May. It’s now December and while I have gained 12 pounds back, I also started drinking soda again and eating chocolate. I’ve been doing everything I used to do and I  cant continue to let that be my lifestyle if I want to feel better about myself. There was a point in my life when I wasn’t my heaviest that I wanted to join a gym but I was so scared of being judged that I couldn’t make myself go. I refused to shop except for comfy clothes because I hated the way I felt in clothes and it affected my self-esteem. Society today expects you to look and act a certain way and that is not okay. You should be able to look exactly how you want and wear what you want without the fear of being judged.
 
While I am on this rant of woman and society. I had a man tell me that I’m a girl and that I’m not supposed to cuss and shouldn’t work an overnight job because it’s dangerous. He said “cussing isn’t lady like” well neither is a man being rude to a woman but here we are. I have had friends who were in relationships with “men” who would not go out in public with her unless she dolled up from head to toe. “You can’t accept me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best.”
 
I am going to start out this new year accepting who I am and loving me for me. Yes I am working on my weight so I can live a healthier life for myself and for my kids. So this next years moto is F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself). You will see monthly posts with my weight loss journey and development posts on loving myself this coming year.
 
Remember you are loved and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. You are important and if you need a support system you have one in me! ❤
 
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The Stresses of Parenting with Anxiety

We’ve all been there, where we feel like we are failing as a parent, I tend to feel like this especially when I am not feeling 100% myself. I am the parent who is constantly worrying about my kids. I want to be in constant control of everything they are doing. I am what you call a helicopter mom and that is not what I want to be. I had to do something because I was making myself crazy.
 
I had to force myself to learn what I could control and what I couldn’t control. With my oldest son I can control what he eats when he is at my house. When he is with his dad and the same with his bed time and what the house rules are.
 
I had to learn the difference between fear and fact. Was I scared that he was being bullied or did I have actual proof by what he was telling me, a change in attitude, and grades? What am I being so crazy anxious about? I need to actually sit down and start having conversations with my son, talk to him about his day. I need to get the details not a “good, we had gym class, or we had chicken nuggets for lunch”. I need to build that relationship now while he is young so I can continue with it through his teenage years when it’s even more important.
 
Focus on yourself. Wait what? I have kids, how can I focus on myself? Well to be in good mental and physical health you need to take some time for yourself every day, even if it’s just 5-10 minutes. Even if I hide in my closet to eat that candy bar I don’t want to share.
 
We need to stay in present time. When we are thinking about the future and the “what ifs” we are missing out on something that is happening currently. If we aren’t in the present because let’s be honest kids are sneaky. Since I struggle with my anxiety and depression there will be times I do struggle but I don’t the luxury of staying in bed because my kids do need me. Elijah is usually smacking me in the anywhere between 6 and 7am telling me to get up and go downstairs. During those times where I struggle Elijah may get more screen time, or gets to play with some of his brothers toys and Lego’s. Eli has always been pretty good at playing alone.
 
Remember you are not alone. We all have different parenting styles we all have the same end goal and that is to raise our kids to be great human beings. We may have ups and downs along the way but we will all get there in the end. ❤
 
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The Truth of Death and Grief

There are a few things we all know about death and that is death is a part of life. Regardless of when it happens it’s never fair. When someone we care about dies we go through the stages of grief and loss which are:
 
  1. Denial and Isolation
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance
 
Everyone is different, with different personalities. Someone may not go through these stages in that order or may skip one altogether.
 
  1. Denial and Isolation. It’s common to hear something like “This isn’t happening, it can’t be happening”, we want to block out the words hurting us. We want to hide from the facts in front of us that someone we love is leaving us or has passed.
  2. Anger. Sometimes the anger could even be directed towards our deceased one which in reality we know they aren’t to be blamed. We may blame the medical professionals, or the driver of the other vehicle. We want to have someone to blame and will find anyone to blame in that moment.
  3. Bargaining. Feeling helpless is completely normal reaction. We want to be able to regain control of a situation so you start with the “if only” statements. We are trying to make a deal with God to not take our loved one from us.
  4. Depression: There are two types that are associated with mourning.
  5. Worrying about burial and funeral costs
  6. Being about to say goodbye. Sometimes you don’t get to say goodbye.
  7. Acceptance. Not everyone reaches these stages especially if you’re loved ones death was sudden or unexpected. Those may never get beyond denial or anger.
You may also experience some physical symptoms such as:
 
-stomach pain
-loss of appetite
– Lack of energy
– Digestive issues
– sleep disturbances
Also any current medical issues may worsen.
 
Some emotional issues you may experience:
 
-panic attacks
-depression
-fatigue
-suicidal thoughts
 
Now for the healing process:
  1. Grief is Normal- You will feel numb at first, there will be tears, you will be exhausted and yearning for the one you lost. Just remember it is all normal.
  2. Allow yourself to mourn. Whether it be through religious traditions, cultural traditions, or personal beliefs. That is a critical process that can help you lessen the intensity of the grief.
  3. Look to others for support. You will need support of family, friends, religious leaders or even professional help. This support is essential during a hard time like this.
  4. Take care of yourself. Try to get enough sleep. Eat well balanced meals and consider a medical checkup to make sure your health hasn’t declined.
  5. Don’t make major decisions while grieving. Grief can cloud your judgment to make good decisions. Try to not make any big decisions right away. If you are considering making a big change, get some advice from someone you trust.
Over the past couple years I have had a few deaths that hit close to me. The most painful death so far for me was my stepdad who was killed in 2014 in a motorcycle accident. It was an extremely hard time for my family. The small town of Cameron, MO where he worked and lived showed my family how much he was respected and loved in his town. We all grieved in our own way and took our time to get through the tragedy we had experienced. I remember his birthday was less than a month after his death and it reopened the wounds. Then the holidays that first year were rough but we made it through.
 
The other death I struggled with was my friend Jason who had committed suicide. This was shortly after I had started taking my antidepressants so it hit me hard. He was only 21 and a good friend but dealt with some depression. It was a tough funeral filled with many young people. These were two different deaths, different causes, and I grieved these deaths. They are both still on my heart and in my mind.
 
Remember goodbyes aren’t forever, they aren’t the end; they mean I’ll miss you until I see you again. If I learned anything about death its tomorrow is never promised so never take today for granted!
 
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Don’t brush it under the rug

In my last four posts I have written about my struggles with anxiety and depression. I have also talked about the different types, symptoms and treatments of depression. Though the real issue with depression is “the ugly sides”. You know the days, and weeks where you can’t get out of bed or brush your teeth, let alone bathe. You stay in bed unless you have kids then you don’t have that option so then you are walking around the house like a zombie. Letting your kids have run of the house, they are having cookies for breakfast and cereal for dinner because you have no energy to cook.
 
Before I had Elijah in 2016 there would be times I would spend a week in my bed at a time on occasions. I would get up, go to the bathroom and get something to eat or drink. By time I actually got up my hair was matted together and I smelled bad. I won’t lie. I had dark circles under my eyes, I was still in the same clothes I had been in and all I had done was sleep and watch TV.  People always asked where I went or what happened to me if I didn’t show up to something. I was bad abut making excuses because I didn’t want anyone to know what I was going through. My best friend didn’t even know at the time. I didn’t want the “poor me” or any attention, I wanted to be left alone.
 
Having depression and anxiety when you are a parent is hard because you don’t have the option of staying in bed. Your kids need you and they will always come first. You have to be strong when you are at your weakest for those babies. With depression it takes everything you don’t want to do. If you are depressed and got out of bed today, I am proud of you!
 
Having a mental illness is a real bitch because I am also OCD. I want to get things done but there are times when my depression gets the best of me. I don’t get things on my list done when my depression flares then my anxiety kicks in.
 
I had a severe panic attack to the point where I was struggling to calm down and breath. Dalton almost called 911 because I couldn’t calm down.  I need some new coping skills because currently I shut down. I don’t talk and I get angry.
 
I’ve had some of my amazing followers send me some questions I’d go ahead and answer them.
 
  1. Have you ever been admitted for a mental evaluation?
 
No I haven’t. There have been a few times I have considered going and admitting myself when I was having suicidal thoughts.
 
  1. How long did it take for medicine to really work?
 
My psychiatrist told me it takes approximately 30 days of taking it daily. I started feeling a difference after a couple doses.
 
  1. What happened at your first psychiatrist appointment?
 
Once I met my psychiatrist he wanted to get my basic information about me to get to know me. Then he wanted to know “my story” when my depression started, my symptoms, medications that I have tried and taken.
 
  1. How did you get the courage to write your blog and be so open for anyone to see?
 
Dealing with depression and anxiety is a terrible thing to deal with especially if you suffer silently like I was. I didn’t want anyone to know because I felt like a failure. I decided to tell my story to bring awareness. Depression and anxiety is not a failure and it should be made more aware so maybe I can help someone.
 
  1. How did your husband handle your depression?
We struggled for a long time with trying to understand my anxiety and depression. How could I expect him to understand it when I didn’t understand it myself? I expected him to understand it though at the time. I have a very hard time communicating and he struggled to understand why I was acting the way I was and I couldn’t explain it to him.
 
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…You have an anxiety disorder

I have struggled with anxiety for quite a while now but I stayed pretty quiet about my diagnosis. It took me by surprise because I always assumed it was part of my depression. Even though my depression and my anxiety disorder are different, they do have some similar symptoms. It is common for those with depression to have anxiety. I have had a “rescue” medication is case I would have a panic attack.
 
Some of my anxiety symptoms that are similar to my depression symptoms are:
 
-irritability
-sleep disturbances
-having problems staying calm
-nervousness
-shortness of breath
 
Everyone will have some sort of anxiety in their life. Whether it be a big interview or a test or having to make a life changing decision you will experience anxiousness. Now if you have an anxiety disorder it’s more than that temporary anxiousness. The anxiety tends to worsen over time. It will begin to affect your daily life like work, relationships, or school. Like depression there are several different types of anxiety disorders. This includes panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and phobia disorders. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder.
 
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) was explained to me by my psychiatrist and by what I read on the National Institute of Mental Health. I have excessive anxiety that I can’t control. I worry about anything from personal issues, health issues or everyday routine. This has become a problem with me working, with my relationships, with my personal life and my friendships. Some of the symptoms that are experienced with generalized anxiety disorder are according to the NIMH.
 
-feeling restless, wound up or on edge
-being irritable tired
-Having sleeping problems
-Muscle Tensions
-Difficulty controlling feelings
-Having difficulty concentrating
-being easily
 
I was experiencing all these symptoms, which are all very similar to my depression symptoms. This explains why my anti-depressants helped but not 100%. Once they added an anxiety medication it was like someone flipped a switch inside of me. I felt amazing.
 
Someone who has panic disorder will have random unexpected panic attacks. What is a panic attack? A panic attack is a sudden period of intense fear that will come on quickly and reach its peak within minutes. An attack may be unexpected or they may be brought on by a situation or an object.
 
Those who have panic attacks may experience:
 
-Feeling out of control
-Heart palpitations or pounding heartbeat
-Sweating and shortness of breath
-shaking
-feeling of impending doom
 
According to the NIMH people with panic disorder will worry about when the next attack will occur. They will try to prevent those attacks by avoiding certain things like places and situations that could cause a panic attack. Spending all your time trying to avoid certain places and situations can cause even more issues to someone’s life.
 
I’ve been known to avoid certain places when they are very busy. Going somewhere with too many people in a small place will give me a panic attack especially if I have my kids with me.
 
Phobia Disorder is an intense fear to a specific object or situation. Usually the fear of the object is out of proportion to the actual danger such as spiders.
 
People with a phobia may have some symptoms such as:
 
-may have irrational or excessive worry about seeing the feared object or situation.
-endure unavoidable objects and situations with intense anxiety.
-Experience immediate anxiety upon seeing the feared object or situation.
– Takes steps to avoid the feared object or situation.
 
There are several types of phobias:
-specific phobias (simple)
-Agoraphobia
-Separation anxiety disorder
-Social Anxiety Disorder
-Selective Mutism
 
Specific Phobia is also known as simple phobia has fears of things such as:
-flying
-Heights
-Blood
-Injections
-Certain animals (snakes, spiders)
They will have an intense fear about specific types of objects or situations. I guess you could say I have a phobia of snakes and spiders. I FREAK out if I see one whether it is inside or outside. I don’t even like to step on spiders because I don’t like the crunching sounds they make.
 
Social Anxiety Disorder. which used to be called social phobia. This is a general intense fear or anxiety toward social or performance situation. I was reading on the NIMH website about this and it was talking about how people who have social anxiety worry that their actions or behaviors that are associated with their anxiety. They often avoid social situations and it can even be an issue at work or school.
 
This is most definitely something that I struggle with because no matter where I go or what I am doing I feel like everyone can tell I have anxiety. I honestly don’t like going out in public anymore. I hate making decisions, especially if other people are involved because what if someone doesn’t like the decision that I make. I don’t want to upset anyone. I hated group projects in school because what if someone didn’t like my decision or I answered a question wrong. Presentation in front of the class was the absolute worse.
 
Agoraphobia is those who have an intense fear of two or more:
 
-using public transportation
-being in open spaces
-being in enclosed spaces
– standing in line or being in a crowd
-being outside of the home alone
You will often try to avoid these situations because one might have panic reactions. In severe cases someone can become homebound.
 
For myself I am scared of enclosed spaces especially by myself. I won’t take elevators unless it’s necessary and never alone. Like I said before I don’t like big crowds especially with my kids it makes me very anxious. I don’t mind being out my home alone. Lately with all the crime in my town and the talk of human trafficking it definitely makes me more aware of my surroundings if I ever am.
 
Separation Anxiety Disorder is usually thought of as something children go through. Adults can go through it also. Adults usually have fears about being parted from someone they have some sort of attachment too. When they are separated they worry something bad will happen. This makes them not want to be alone. Someone with separation anxiety might have nightmares about being separated.
 
I do not have separation anxiety, I must have the opposite because I enjoy my alone time. But my youngest son Elijah is currently going through his separation phase and only wants his mom. I love that he wants to cuddle and give me kisses but at the same time it can be exhausting because he doesn’t want his dad to do anything.
 
Selective Mutism a rare disorder associated with anxiety. Selective mutism usually occurs before 5 years old and is when you don’t speak in social situations but have normal language skills. Some of the symptoms include:
 
-extreme shyness
-fear of social embarrassment
-temper tantrums
-withdrawal
-clinging behavior
-compulsive traits
 
Those diagnosed with selective mutism usually will be diagnosed with other anxiety disorders too.
 
What causes anxiety? When reading about anxiety on NIMH and speaking to my doctors anxiety can be caused by genetic and environmental. The risk factors for different anxieties vary like the symptoms but there are some general risk factors which include:
 
-Temperamental traits of shyness or behavioral inhibition in childhood
-Physical health conditions such as thyroid problems, heart arrhythmias, caffeine, or other substances.
-Physical health examination is helpful in the evaluation of a possible anxiety disorder.
-History of anxiety or other mental illnesses in biological relatives
-Stressful or negative life events in early childhood or adulthood.
 
Once reading about the general risk factors of anxiety, I understand why I have anxiety. I was very shy all the way up through high school. I was 16 when I started drinking a lot of caffeine. I grew up in a very stressful household with many brothers and sisters. I ember my parents argued all the time, and we lived in a very small house. Once I moved in with my boyfriend when I was 18 it was a very stressful and negative relationship.
 
Anxiety disorders are generally treated with medications and/or psychotherapy. Psychotherapy or talk therapy can help people with anxiety. For therapy to work it needs to be specified to the patient’s needs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches different ways of thinking, behaving and reacting. CBT can help people learn and practice social skills.
 
I found this information also on the NIMH webpage and found it important to share and to discuss with your provider:
 
  • How well your medications are working or are improving your symptoms
  • Benefits are side effects of each medication
  • Risk for serious side effects based on your medical history
  • The likelihood of the medications requiring lifestyle changes
  • Medication costs
  • Alternative therapies, vitamins, and supplements
  • How medications should be stopped
 
If you are dealing with anxiety you may see if there is a local support group, and if there isn’t maybe consider starting one yourself.
 
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What you need to know about Depression

My last post I talked about my journey with depression. It’s important to talk about and know what causes depression, the different types of depression and the treatment plans. When I was first diagnosed with depression I was given some information from the National Institute of Mental Health website where I would be able to find some great information about my diagnosis. .This is where I was able to find out that depression is caused b.y a chemical imbalance in the brain due to a reduction of serotonin and norepinephrine which are also known as neurotransmitters.
 
There are many reasons you may be feeling depressed. It can be due to a serious illness or a medication side effect. There are many more signs and symptoms to depression other than feeling sad. My depression started out postpartum that never went away because I didn’t seek help. It became one thing after another such as relationship issues, losing my job, diagnosed with a seizure disorder. My boyfriend moved across the United States to go to school, my step dad was killed, more relationship issues and postpartum again. Needless to say I have had many factors that have led to my depression.
 
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) depression also referred to as clinical depression or depressive disorder. To be diagnosed with depression you must have depression symptoms present for at least 2 weeks for most of every day of those 2 weeks. I mentioned before its more than sadness, sadness is one small part of depression. Depression symptoms will differ for different people. Some of the symptoms listed on the NIMH website were:
 
-Persistent sad, anxious, or empty mood
 
– Feelings of hopelessness
 
-Pessimism
 
-Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
 
-Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies or activities
 
– Decreased energy, fatigue, or being “slowed down”
 
-Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
 
– Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening or oversleeping
 
-Appetite and/or weight changes
 
-Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempt
 
-Restlessness or irritability
 
– Aches or pains. Headaches, cramps. Digestive problems without a physical issues and does not ease with treatment.
 
Over the past 7 years I can tell you without a doubt I have experienced every single one of these symptoms. The only thing I want to say is if you EVER have thoughts of harming yourself in ANY WAY PLEASE TELL SOMEONE! Your life is way too precious to lose. Do not be afraid to get yourself some help because we all need some help every not and then!
 
I will be honest until I was actually diagnosed with major depression I thought depression was sadness. I was unaware of the different types but it turns out to be a lot more in-depth than I could have ever imagined. There are 2 common forms of depression; major depression and persistent depressive disorder. There are less common forms Perinatal Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and Psychotic Disorder.
 
Major Depression: You will have symptoms most of the day, daily for at least 2 weeks. This will interfere with your daily routine such as work, sleep, eating habits. It is possible for someone to have one episode in their lifetime or they may have several.
 
Persistent Depressive Disorder.
 
Also known as Dysthymia this known as having symptoms of depression that has lasted for at least 2 years. Being diagnosed with PDD you may also have episodes of major depression; then periods that are less severe.
 
Perinatal Depression. Woman with perinatal depression will experience full blown depression during pregnancy. After pregnacy you may experience postpartum.
 
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. It usuallyround late fall and lasts until spring or until the weather turns nice again. It’s seen in areas where the weather turns very cold and can get a lot of snow. Where people stay indoors a lot and tend to get “cabin fever”.
 
Psychotic Depression. This is when someone has severe depression and a form of psychosis. They may have delusions or hallucinations.
 
There are many ways you can treat depression but, you need the right treatment. You need the right support system because you can’t do it alone, trust me I have tried and failed. Antidepressants work great but can take a couple weeks to take full effect. Depending on your other medical issues, your age and any other issues this may not be an option for you.
 
Psychotherapy is a option whether you choose to see a counselor, a psychologist or a psychiatrist. They can help you work through your problem areas, change your way of thinking and how to better handle stressful situations. Have a support system whether this is friends, family, in-laws, anyone you can trust. Having people you can trust and rely on is as important as you go through this process.
 
I have noticed that if I start feeling myself becoming depressed I try to do things to lift my spirts such as:
 
-go for a long car ride and listen to some good music with the windows down.
 
– Regardless I avoid alcohol because mixing medication and alcohol isn’t a good idea and alcohol makes my depression worse.
 
-I will spend more time coloring or writing because it is something that I love to do.
 
Recently, I had spoken to my psychiatrist about symptoms of depression and anxiety being similar with a child’s symptoms? She said to once again get onto the NIMH website and they are actually very different. I decided I wanted to share it with you all because I wanted to bring some more awareness to this. According to the NIMH woman will have depression more than men due to our biological and hormonal factors. Woman with depression usually have symptoms such as worthlessness, guilt and sadness.
 
Men will usually see symptoms such as fatigue, irritability and anger. They may even not seek help because they don’t think they have a problem. Men with depression may become reckless or start misusing drugs and alcohol. In older adults they may be less likely to admit they are feeling sad or having some grief. They also have a higher chance having a medical condition which could be the cause of the depression.
 
Young children who are suffering from depression will cling to their parent. They worry about a parent dying. They pretend to be sick, and refuse to go to school. They will be too young to know what depression is unless it’s explained to them so they are acting how they feel. Teens with will get in trouble in school, and be irritable. They may also deal with other disorders such as substance abuse, eating disorders or anxiety.
 
If you or someone you know needs some help. Please give them the number to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. This is a 24-hour hotline number. 1-800-273- TALK
 
The information provided from the National Institute of Mental Health. http://www.nimh.nih.gov
 
Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to this picture. I am not a medical professional, if you are having a medical emergency please contact 911 immediately. This post is for informational purposes only. If you believe you have a medical issue contact your local medical provider.