As the end of the year draws near, not only the temperature starts to drop, people’s moods can begin to come increasingly unstable. Some causes are loneliness, sadness, stress, and a whole array of other factors. An article in a recent Parade magazine asks, “Could Your Symptoms Be Depression?”
Dr. Ranit Mishori writes that less than two-thirds of those who suffer from depression seek treatment. That is unfortunate. Often, the reason people don’t get treatment is because they feel it either shows weakness, is embarrassing, or isn’t needed.
Weakness vs. Strength
As someone who has been treated for depression and anxiety on more than one occasion, I believe that getting help is instead indicative of knowing yourself and having the strength to take care of the problem, or at least try. After all, you are the only you you’ve got. Some feel they can handle it, and will “get over it.” That isn’t always the case, some sadness and periodic struggling in the wake of life happenings is to be expected, but when symptoms have lingered for a time, you’ve got to say to yourself, “this isn’t right, I’ve got to talk with someone about this.”
Symptoms of Depression
• Overall feeling of sadness, or foreboding
• Loss of appetite,
• Aches and pain,
• Increased alcohol or drug (also OTC) use
• Loss of focus,
• Emotional numbness
The Bad News
This time of year especially, and with job losses still on the rise, depression cases are expected to increase. Many people have problems with the holidays for a number of reasons, and the loss of a loved one, for instance, or a job loss only compounds the problem. A recent article featured on Empower.com stated that unemployed people are four-times more likely to experience symptoms of depression. Furthermore, people who are asked to accept changes in their current work situation (decrease in pay or increase in duties without pay), are also susceptible to symptoms of depression.
The Good News