Everyone has a bad day from time to time. But sometimes, those bad days can last weeks, even months. Depression is not something you can just "snap out of." It is a serious disease that affects your brain, your body, and your overall health.
The important thing to know is that you’re not alone. More than 20 million Americans suffer from depression, from children to older adults and everyone in between. It affects each person differently, so it’s important to be aware of the warning signs.
Symptoms of Depression
If you or someone you love has experienced five or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks, you should seek professional help.
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Irritability and restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies considered pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
Persistent aches and pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not go away with treatment
Depression doesn’t need to interfere with your life any longer. Talk with your primary care doctor about a referral to a specialist. You can find behavioral health specialists before your appointment, and see which ThedaCare Physicians locations offer services in your area