Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the United States and can occur at any point in the lifespan.  Though we can all expect to have times in our lives where we’re feeling down, most of these periods will resolve on their own in a short period of time.  An episode of depression is much more difficult than occasional sadness, involving symptoms that may include down or depressed mood, loss of interest in the things you normally enjoy, changes in appetite (either eating much more or less than usual), sleep problems, loss of energy, difficulty concentrating, or feelings of worthlessness.  In some cases, this can also include thoughts of death or suicide.  Someone struggling with depression will experience serveral of these symptoms almost every day for an extended period of time.  

Potential signs of Depression:

  • Feeling down or depressed most of the time
  • Difficulty getting out of bed 
  • Low motivation to accomplish tasks 
  • Having a hard time enjoying yourself, even with activities or people who you normally enjoy
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping a lot)
  • Restlessness or moving very slowly which is noticeable to others
  • Feeling tired or without energy
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Thoughts of death or dying, or thoughts of harming yourself