Humaning is hard.
Depression can affect every aspect of your life from eating and sleeping to your memory, weight, relationships, grades, work, concentration, physical health, friends, family, mood, feelings, emotions, decisions, interactions, self-esteem, self-image, confidence, and most importantly, how you take (or don't take) care of yourself. Depression can be very serious and symptoms should never be ignored. (*Please note symptoms can be different for adolescents.)
Adults may experience or display the following symptoms:
- Feeling sad, empty, discouraged, or hopeless
- Diminished interest or pleasure in activities, including sex
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Decrease or increase in appetite
- Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
- Hypersomina (tired during the day, sleeping too much)
- Feelings of restlessness/agitation (fidgeting/can't sit still)
- Sluggishness, slowed movement, thought, speech, verbal response delay (long pauses when speaking)
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive/inappropriate guilt
- Feelings of being a burden to others
- Diminished ability to think or concentrate, indecisiveness
- Recurrent thoughts or discussion of death, suicidal ideation, suicide attempt(s), selling or giving away possessions
In addition, adolescents and children may also experience or display the following symptoms:
- Irritable/cranky mood, anger, acting out
- Increased time spent alone/isolating
- Poor/decreased school performance and/or attendance
- Failure to realize expected weight gain
If you or someone you know displays any combination of these symptoms, please seek (or have this person seek) appropriate treatment as soon as possible. In an emergency, please call 911 immediately. For a non-exhaustive list of additional resources, please click the HELP button.
I treat mood and personality disorders in adults and adolescents, including depression and anxiety. Please contact me if you wish to make an appointment for yourself or your teen.