What is depression and what to look for, from my view of things.

What is depression and what to look for, from my view of things.

     To start off I would like you to know I am not a doctor and am not claiming to be or saying that these items listed are the only things to look for.  Depression effects everyone differently depending on your body type, health, medications you on, amount of exercise you get.  These are some of the symptoms “I can remember having” over the past 20 plus years.  

All of these symptoms I have had and the majority of them so has my mom (from have three very rowdy boys), neither of us ran into a road sign telling us that depression was right around the corner.  

Depression can include but may not be limited to:

– Concentration Problems

– Feeling Guilty

– Feeling Hopeless or worthless

– Don’t want to participate in other activities

(football, baseball, dance classes, shopping, etc)

– Excessive overeating or Lack there of

– Increase in pain and body aches

– Constantly sad or down in the dumps

– Sleep more than normal

– Restless

– Irritability

– To include negative self talk

and many more.

     These feeling or symptoms do not have to come all at the same time or even at all, you may go days or weeks feeling great and then one morning you wake up and just don’t want to get out of bed and get moving.  I know for me, there were (are) days where I still don’t want to get up or don’t want to go to the store even though we are out of everything and unless we decide to feed Robert ketchup and mustard for dinner, wait we used the last of the ketchup last night.  See when I am depressed its not something that I can just wake up and say, “WOW, I’m depressed today.”  I will go through my day like normal, a bit slower and moodier but because we have Robert , the dogs and my job, I know I have to get up and put one step in front of the other and deal with it.  Most of my symptoms are taken care of with the Cymbalta (la ow dose) the doctors have me taking and my own drive to not let it affect me.  I do understand how if you are single, retired, elderly, no pets relying on you, how depression could step in and take over everything.  

     In a recent blog I posted on PickYourPain.org and on Caregiving.com, “Need a Hand Up” I discuss the issues of my mother and the early diagnosis of depression, I ask in that blog if anyone has ideas of what to do when your trying to help someone with depression, especially if you yourself have it.  One of my fellow caregivers commented, ” Having been diagnosed with depression and generalized anxiety disorder myself, the best thing that my husband did for me was just be there.  The other thing that has helped is being able to explain what I am feeling without having to explain why.  Just having support is a great place to start.”   As you can see many of us with depression may know that we’re feeling a certain way but we just don’t know why and when asked to explain why causes further frustration because we can’t.  It’s like seeing someone in a store and knowing you know them from somewhere and their name is right on the tip of your tongue but for the life of you you can’t say it.

     There is nothing wrong with feeling under the weather or depressed.  In a study  posted on WebMD done in Sept. 2010 the “Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated that an estimated 9% of Americans report they are depressed at least occasionally, and 3.4% suffer from major depression.   So, Please, Please, Please if you are, think you are or think someone you know is depressed, please see or suggest they see your doctor.   \ : ^{ ) >  Thanks for reading, Richard


For more information on and to talk with others who are caring for or have depression themselves.  Please visit “http://www.caregiving.com” and under the “Group” tab at the top of the page, go to the “Depression” group or search through the many other support groups available to see if one may work. for you.

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