How Are You Feeling?
We all experience a somber mood at some time in our lives. It may be due to disappointments, a rebuff to a kind deed performed, illness, certain medication, undue stress, a chaotic environment, scenes of disaster around us, economic loss, and so on. For many of us, the mood can be dispelled by righting of the circumstance, support of friends/family, achievement, and hope . . . yes, HOPE.
Are you wondering if your are depressed?
What are the signs of Depression? What should I be aware of in myself or others I care about? Here they are:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, or feeling “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide or actual suicide attempts
- Restlessness or irritability
We encourage you to take the evidence-based Depression Test in Psychology Today. It is a comprehensive online test of 101 questions. Your score (in limitation) is tallied and given at the end; however you may purchase a full report for $4.95 by credit card. It may be worth it to you to learn what the professionals have to say., if you have any doubts or questions about your own state of mind. It is a step to beneficial help.
If you would like to participate in a computer-based training course to learn how to deal with it wholistically (with body, mind, and spirit), examine Dr. Neil Nedley's Depression Recovery Program to purchase for self-study. If you do not score in the category of medical risk but are mildly depressed, this may be your answer, even without taking prescription drugs.
For instance, you will learn about the biochemicals in the brain that regulate mood and what is needed in nutrition and exercise to keep them in balance.
What ever you do, ignoring your feelings/symptoms will rob you of productivity, wellness, and maybe even friendships.
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