When you're depressed, you may...
- Feel sad or cry a lot
- Get irritated often
- Feel tired most of the time and lack energy
- Experience changes in your sleep patterns: you may sleep too much, have trouble falling asleep, or awaken periodically throughout the night
- Have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
- Have trouble concentrating and difficulty making decisions
- Stop going to class
- Not enjoy some of the things you used to enjoy
- Notice eating pattern changes: you might eat a lot less or a lot more
- Feel hopeless or helpless
- Want to be by yourself most of the time
- Lose interest in sex
- Think about death or have thoughts about committing suicide. If you are thinking about suicide, please seek help immediately.
How to treat depression:
Schedule an appointment for initial consultation
National Institute of Mental Health offers the following suggestions for depression management:
- Schedule an appointment for initial consultation. Research shows that that longer you wait, the greater your impairment can be down the road.
- Try to be physically active and exercise.
- Set realistic goals for yourself.
- Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities and do what you can as you can.
- Do not isolate yourself. Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative. Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you.
- Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Do not expect to suddenly "snap out of" your depression. Often, during treatment for depression, sleep and appetite will begin to improve before your depressed mood lifts.
- Postpone important decisions, such as changing majors, dropping out, ending relationships, etc, until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.
- Remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment.
- Continue to educate yourself about depression.
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