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According to the website WebMD (www.wedmd.com), most people have felt sad or depressed during periods within their lives.  Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or an injured self-esteem.  However, when feelings of intense sadness - including feeling helpless, hopeless and worthless - last for days to weeks and keep you from functioning normally, your depression may be something more than just feelings of sadness.  It may be clinical depression, which is a treatable medical condition.

Below is information that has been re-printed from WebMD on depression.  If you are experiencing feelings of depression, please call the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities at (404) 613-3675.  Our Behavioral Health Access & Information Line is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  If you need assistance after those hours, please call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

Depressed Man 

According to WebMD, depression occurs when you have at least five of the following nine symptoms at the same time:

  • A depressed mood during most of the day, particularly in the morning
  • Fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
  • Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide (not just fearing death)
  • A sense of restlessness - known as psychomotor agitation - or being slowed down - retardation
  • Significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)

 

How long must these signs be present before they are diagnosed as depression?

With major or clinical depression, one of the key signs is either depressed mood or loss of interest.  For a diagnosis of depression, these signs should be present most of the day either daily or nearly daily for at least two weeks.  In addition, the depressive symptoms need to cause clinically significant distress or impairment.  They cannot be due to the direct effects of a substance, for example, a drug or medication.  Nor can they be the result of a medical condition such as hypothyroidism.  Lastly, if the symptoms occur within two months of the loss of a loved one, they will not be diagnosed as depression.

What are some common feelings associated with depression?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms.  How severe they are, how frequent, and how long they last will vary.  It depends on the individual and his or her particular illness.  Here are common symptoms people with depression experience:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Insomnia, early morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • No pleasure left in life anymore
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or empty feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts 

GET HELP

Psychiatrist

If you are experiencing feelings of depression, please call the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities at (404) 613-3675.  Our Behavioral Health Access & Information Line is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  If you need assistance after those hours, please call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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