Knowing When It’s Time to Seek Help for Depression

Knowing When It’s Time to Seek Help for Depression

Feeling sad or having “the blues” occasionally is a normal part of life. But when those feelings persist daily over weeks or months and begin impacting your ability to function, it may indicate something more serious— depression. This mental health condition affects more than 17 million American adults each year. While its normal to feel down from time to time, depression that lasts and does not improve with self-care can affect your health and quality of life. Here are some signs it may be time to seek professional support.

1. Difficulty Concentrating

Trouble focusing at work or school is a common symptom of depression. The constant fogginess makes completing tasks efficiently challenging. Simple things like reading a book or following a conversation may suddenly require immense effort.

2. Sleep Changes

Depression often involves sleep disturbances like difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking in the night, or early morning awakening. Excessive sleeping, sometimes over 10 hours a night, can also indicate depression.

3. Appetite Shifts

Significant increases or decreases in appetite related to depression impact nutrition. Some people overeat constantly craving carbs or sugars while others have no desire to eat.

  1. Loss of Interest

    When you stop enjoying hobbies and activities that used to bring you pleasure like cooking, sports, reading, or socializing, it may signal depression. Feeling unmotivated to try new experiences as well falls under this umbrella.

    5. Frequent Tearfulness

    Everyone gets sad sometimes, but if you find yourself crying frequently for no specific reason, it could mean underlying depression. Crying spells multiple times a week unrelated to external triggers deserve attention.

    6. Feelings of Worthlessness

    Depression often involves irrational self-criticism and feeling inadequate or worthless. Reframing negative self-talk is difficult. If these thoughts are relentless, don’t dismiss them as oversensitivity.

    7. Thoughts of Self-Harm

    Any suicidal thoughts, however fleeting, should never be taken lightly. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it’s important to seek help from a professional.

    Ignoring symptoms allows depression to grow worse over time. Ongoing issues with concentration, sleep, appetite, interest, mood and self-image signal it’s time to see a doctor or mental health professional. With compassionate support and treatment, you can overcome depression and reclaim your joy in life.

Depression is highly treatable, with reports of 80% to 90% of people eventually responding well to treatment. Talk therapy with a qualified therapist is one of leading treatments for depression.

At Living Well Counseling Center, we provide holistic care and services to both men and women. We work with our clients to help improve their lives by helping them learn and heal from the past, while providing a nurturing environment where one can achieve their present and future goals. We offer individualized therapy to men and women ages fifteen and older. If you or a loved one suffer from depression, get in touch today.


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