Depression does not discriminate.  It does not target one specific type of person. It affects how you feel, the way you act, and how you think. Depression causes sadness, loss of interest, a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. It has the ability to turn your whole world upside down. 

"Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed

  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much

  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue

  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)

  • Feeling worthless or guilty

  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions

  • Thoughts of death or suicide (Parekh, 2017)"

                  It's important to stay in tune with your body and emotions so in the event that you are experiencing any of these symptoms you will be able to get the necessary help. Help does not always mean medical, it could be as simple as talking to a friend or family member. Having an outlet where you can release any of your thoughts to someone without judgment. It is okay to have these feelings, its not okay to stay there. So if you need help, don't be afraid to reach out to someone and ask for it!  

Reference

Parekh, Ranna. “What Is Depression?” What Is Depression?, Jan. 2017, https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression.

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