In this article, we will cover common signs and symptoms that can help you figure out if you have depression, how to deal with depression in your everyday life and how to find professional treatment for depression so that you can begin to return to a happier, more normal life.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) today in the U.S. nearly 15 million people suffer from depression-and for 22% of these people it is persistent depression, meaning it’s a depressive episode that lasts for longer than two years and doesn’t go away on its own or the sufferer has frequent depressive episodes that continue to reoccur. This is a staggering statistic that demonstrates you are not alone if you’ve ever felt you may suffer from depression or have depressive tendencies.
How to know if you have depression – signs and symptoms
Unlike other mental health disorders than can be easier to detect, people with depression may find they-at least initially-have a tendency to “shrug off” their depressive feelings, trying to convince themselves it’s just a few off days or that feeling down or sad is just a normal part of life. And it is, but for how long? How do you tell the difference between sadness and depression?
If you’ve wondered if you could have depression or if the feelings you’ve been experiencing are normal there are some common signs and symptoms to be aware of that can help you decide if you should seek professional treatment. These symptoms generally occur for most of your day without letting up and can continue on for days or even weeks and months at a time (Mayo Clinic Staff, n.d.).