Talking about my depression

Have you ever had a million things going on or a mental list of things you need to get done? This is my brain all day every day. My brain gets so overwhelmed that I don’t know where to start. Did you know that chronic depression causes brain damage. Its hard to understand depression unless you have experienced it yourself. It’s a difficult mental illness. I know how I should think and behave but my brain drags me into the opposite direction. If you have never experienced depression consider yourself lucky. There are some things that I would like to share that I’ve learned can be helpful over the years.
Depression is very hard to talk about. Like I mentioned in a earlier post that I hate talking about my feelings and showing my emotions. I especially don’t like talking about my depression. On top of talking about my feelings, I feel like I can’t explain how and what I am feeling. I did find something that can help make a little sense of it all. Joy turns into lifelessness. Fears and anxieties become paralyzing. Sadness becomes mourning.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health 350 million people suffer from depression. But when I am depressed I feel all alone. Say you have a friend with depression and most everyone knows at least one person who has depression. If you have that friend and you want to talk to them but aren’t sure where to start here are some tips.

 

  • Let them know that your conversation is going to stay between the two of you.
  •  Ask me what you can do to help
  •  Let them know not to worry
  •  Let them know you care and that it’s an important conversation
  •  Be okay with silence for long periods during the conversation
  •  Be patient

 

Sometimes with depression you don’t want to talk, you want someone to be there. I am thankful that I have my friends and significant other who are always there for me. I am not depressed every single day. There are good day and there are bad days. Depression to me is summed up by me being exhausted during the day and not able to find the energy to get things done. At night I lay in bed wide awake stressed out over everything that I didn’t do during the day.
Just be willing to sit with someone in silence or let them talk if and when they are ready to talk about their depression. They will be forever thankful for you.
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Coping with Social Anxiety

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) also known as social phobia. Social anxiety disorder is a mental health condition that is a persistent fear of being watched and judged by others around you. People with social anxiety disorder may struggle with everyday social interactions. Which can cause irrational fear, self-consciousness and embarrassment. This is a common type of anxiety disorder and some of the fears someone with this mental health condition will experience:
 
· Meeting new people
· Job interviews
· Having to talk to a cashier
· Eating in public
· Going on dates
· Being called on in class to answer questions
· Using public restrooms
 
As with most health conditions that are many signs and symptoms for social anxiety disorder
 
Emotional symptoms-
 
· Being introduced to new people
· Being criticized
· Being the center of attention
· Worrying about embarrassing yourself
· Being watched
· Going around the room and having to say something
· Fear of being judged for something you say or do
 
Physical symptoms-
 
· Blushing
· Sweating
· Fast heartbeat
· Nausea
· Dizziness
· Shaking
 
Psychological symptoms-
 
· Depression
· Anxiety
 
Social anxiety disorder affects approximately 15 million adults in the United States. This is the 2nd most common diagnosed anxiety disorder. The 1st one is specific phobia. Those who are diagnosed with social anxiety usually say they were extremely shy as a child. What can cause social anxiety? Sometimes they see it run in families as genetics play a part. Scientists have found several parts of the brain that helps control fear and anxiety. Also undeveloped social skills could also be a factor. Researchers are looking into how environment factors and stress could also play a role in anxiety disorders.
 
It is important to seek treatment if you are experiencing symptoms similar to the ones listed above. Those with social anxiety disorder are generally treated with medications and psychotherapy. Working with your provider to get to best treatment for you is so important. There are support groups that someone might find helpful. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been especially useful for treating social anxiety disorder.
 
When you struggle with social phobia you avoid many social situations such as:
 
· Attending parties or social gatherings
· Going to work or to school
· Starting conversations
· Making eye contact
· Entering a room where people are already seated
· Returning items from a store
 
Reducing your symptoms is necessary for someone with social phobia. Being able to function on a daily basis without being in constant fear. Somethings you can do to help is:
 
 
1. Get help soon after symptoms begin; don’t wait until your symptoms are severe to get help.
2. Keep a journal with the things that cause you to have anxiety and write down the symptoms you experience. Take this with you to your providers that way you don’t forget to discuss everything.
3. Avoid drugs, alcohol, nicotine and caffeine which can all make anxiety worse.
4. Try to live a healthy lifestyle and stick to a schedule. This includes anyone but especially those with mental health conditions.
 
If you aren’t receiving treatment for your social anxiety it can run your life and cause many more problems. There may be no current cure for social anxiety but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your symptoms under control. Without treatment you can experience worsening symptoms such as:
 
· Low self-esteem
· Negative self-talk
· Poor social skills
· Suicidal tendencies
· Trouble being assertive
· Hypersensitivity to criticism
· Substance abuse
 
When you start your treatment program be patience. Give it some time because medication and therapy take time to work. You can overcome social phobia but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
 
I’ve struggled with anxiety for years as I have mentioned, but always noticed certain times it would get worse. going to new places. I would love to be able to go try a new restaurant. Going into a new store that I’ve never been into but I get to anxious with going in especially if trying to go in alone. Job interviews were always the worst for me; I would get so anxious that sometimes I couldn’t even go. I felt like a lot of the time when I would go on interviews, they would notice my anxiety. I would not receive a lot of job offers. Even though I have a good job history. When I get anxious I tend to avoid eye contact, I fidget with anything I can get my hands on.
 
There have been many things that I avoid because of my anxiety. I didn’t go to my 10 year high school reunion because I was afraid of being judged. I can’t walk in anywhere if there is already a crowd of people there. Also I hate being late for anything if I am going to be late, I’d rather not go. If I am in a group of people who I don’t know I am extremely shy and it comes off as being rude or hateful. I was such a shy child and even through my teenage years. As an adult I’ve had no choice but to deal with it and I still struggle sometimes.
 
While I was in school, classes such as speech would bother me. I dreaded having to speak especially alone. If I was in a group I’d still be very nervous but it was easier having others with me. My biggest fear was always messing up and embarrassing myself in front of a room full of people.
 
Now that I am on medication it helps with my symptoms but I am still working to get the right treatment plan. I may not ever be 100% with my medical conditions but I will do my best to live my best life. I will continue to follow each of my treatment plans.
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Escaping the struggles of the world with music therapy

Music has always been my escape. When things got tough I would either go for long drives, turn on my music and shut the world out. I would lay in my bed with my headphones on and shut out everything that was bothering me. I began loving music at a young age I remember dancing and singing around my grandparent’s house. I also danced for many years.
 
Music therapy is a type of expressive art therapy, that uses music to improve and maintain your physical and mental well-being. Music therapy is listening to music, singing or even playing a musical instrument. This is usually done with a trained medical professional trained in this field. For many years music has been used and shown to help many areas of the brain such as your emotions, sensation, cognition and movement.
 
Music may even help certain symptoms because it can send positive emotions to the brain. Some of these symptoms include:
  • Depression
  • Mood related disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance Abuse
  • Autism
  • Personality Issues
  • Insomnia
  • Dementia
Music therapy can be used in many ways. Some of those ways are:
 
  • Someone with impaired motor skills can improve their motor skills by playing simple melodies on a piano.
  • Group drumming circles have been used to inducing relaxation. They may be asked to express their feelings through their drumming.
  • Music might be incorporated into guided imagery or muscle relaxation techniques.
 
There are many positive effects to music therapy. For those who may be dealing with mental health problems or even physical issues. I personally do not go to music therapy. I am not aware of anywhere locally besides possibly nursing homes or inbound medical facilities. I just use music as my own personal therapy. I do not know how to play any instruments but I would love to learn how to play the guitar. I do love to sing and to listen to the words of a song. I use music as my way to calm down when I am feeling upset or stressed out. I listen to music before bed every night; I also used it when I was in labor with my oldest son.
 
Music therapy usually sees positive results but it’s not recommended to be their only therapy. Someone who is in music therapy generally has a very serious emotional or medical issue that needs other treatment.
 
I’ve always said if you want to know how I am feeling to look at my playlist. My music will tell you everything you need to know. if I were to ever send you a song pay close attention to the lyrics because they meant something to me. I had no idea the amount of things music can help you cope with. Music can help you with things such as:
  • Chronic illness/disease
  • Terminal Disease
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Psychological Traumas
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Emotional and Spiritual issues
  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Everyday stress
  • Sensory Impairments
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Labor and Delivery
 
Did you know?
  • Music therapy is searched on google more than 33,000 time a month.
  • The average person listens to 25 songs a day.
  • The 1st music therapy program was founded at Michigan State University.
  • Studies show if you listen to music for 1 hour over a period 7 days increased feeling of power. You can decrease your pain, depression and disability related to back, neck and joint pain.
  • Listening to music causes the brain to release dopamine.
  • Music with a strong beat can stimulate brainwaves. Slow beats encourage slow brainwaves.
  • Music alters patters of pain, and depression.
  • Music has the power to improve your state of mind.
  • Music can alter your heart rate and breathing.
So add some music to your day! Listen to music, play an instrument, sing a song, hum whatever you feel like doing, you don’t have to be good! Have some fun!
 
This information is just provided for educational purposes, I am not a medical professional and if you are in need of medical attention contact your local medical provider.
 
This information was found on http://www.goodtherapy.org

How Nutrition and Depression go together

Nutrition is a key role when it comes to your health. Sticking to a healthy diet helps your body stay healthy but your mind stay healthy also. There are studies that have shown that there are foods that can help your mood and decrease your chances of certain health disorders. You may have nutritional imbalances that can make you vulnerable to a mental illness. Some of those nutritional imbalances may include:
 
  1. Omega 3 which is a fatty acid found in fish oils especially cold water fish and salmon. Omega 3 can help lower your LDL or bad cholesterol. Your body doesn’t produce omega 3 but it can still improve your heart health and your skin. It can also help reduce your risk of depression.
 
  1. Homocysteine is a very common amino acid found in your blood. If your homocysteine is too high you can experience an increased risk of heart disease, a stroke, a pulmonary embolism, or a heart attack. Most likely caused due to not getting enough vitamins such as folic acid, B6 or B12.
 
  1. Amino acids are divided into two groups. Essential and non-essential. Essential amino acids are received through meat, eggs and poultry. This helps you build muscle and helps your immune function. Essential amino acids may help with your mood and your sleep can help with your weight loss and muscle gain. With essential amino acids your body doesn’t produce. These are all through received through your diet. While there are 20 amino acids only 9 are essential.
 
  1. Leucine
  2. Lysine
  3. Histidine
  4. Phenylalanine
  5. Tryptophan
  6. Valine
  7. Isolelecine
  8. Methionine
  9. Threonine
 
  1. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium. You can get some vitamin D from being out in the sunshine. Foods high in vitamin D are dairy products, beef liver, orange juice, tuna and salmon. Exposure to sunlight can lift your spirits and help with your depression. Make sure you use sunscreen to help prevent skin cancers.
 
  1. Magnesium can help maintain your muscle and nerve function. It can also help support a healthy immune system. Magnesium is good for heart health and keeping your bones strong. It can also help with your energy levels and glucose levels.
 
  1. Iodine is essential vitamin for the production of the thyroid gland. It also helps your mind stay sharp, helps stabilize your mood, protects your body from radiation and other toxins.
 
Besides all these vitamins that can help there are also foods known as “brain foods”. Brain foods can help improve your mood, heal brain cells, reduce anxiety, boost your energy, lower risk for certain diseases. Those foods include:
 
  • Broccoli
  • Coconut oil
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dark chocolate
  • Greek yogurt
  • Coffee
  • Rosemary
  • Brazil nuts
  • Blueberries
  • Citrus fruits
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Fish
  • Avocados
  • Beets
Diets to go along with the brain foods
 
Mediterranean Diet is focused on a plant based diet, lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, no butter, no salt and using herbs to flavor.
 
Dash Diet is lean protein, fruits and vegetables, fat free dairy, using vegetable oil when cooking, minimal red meat, and limited sugar and soda.
 
Zone Diet is heavy consumption of avocado, nuts and olive oil.
 
Vegetarian Diet includes fish, eggs, vegetables, berries and nuts, but no meats.
 
When you are eating healthy, good food it can
 
  • Boost your energy
  • Lower risk of certain diseases
  • Provides brain fuel
  • Can affect your mood in a positive way
 
Important things to remember:
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Snack well
  • Work on a good balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins
  • Don’t over diet
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine
This may seem 100% overwhelming to do when you are depressed. Wait until you are feeling better, go to the store get healthy snacks and meals. Once you do this lifestyle change every day for three weeks it will become a habit. Even when you are depressed and not feeling like yourself you will still be in the habit of doing what you had been practicing.
 
I have always been told that before starting any medication even over the counter and vitamins to talk to your doctor. Make sure they believe it’s a good idea for you because it’s still possible for you to still get your levels too high with some of these vitamins. Everything I take down to my multivitamin is run through my doctors any my pharmacists. I am ready to have a healthy lifestyle, healthy body and healthy mind. ❤
 
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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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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
 
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