How Much Do You Know About Depression?

Depression can take many forms, which is why it is important to be able to identify the signs of this common condition. Did you know that depression is experienced as anxiety about 65% of the time? This is just one reason why it is important to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the condition. Below, we list ways to help you better understand the symptoms of depression.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Irritability: Angry at the world? Vexed with life? Loved ones seem like a nuisance? These can all be symptoms of depression. Though the causes may be something internal, this anger can potentially lead to conflict or withdrawing from loved ones.
  • Selfishness: Feeling sad? Thinking about your own pain? Depression can make it hard to give or express emotions to other individuals.
  • Chronic Pain: Continuous physical discomfort sometimes results in depression. However, when you are depressed and in pain, it can be difficult to know which came first.
  • Drug Abuse: Alcohol, marijuana, and other recreational drugs can contribute to depression. It is important to realize that all medications, including anti-depressants, have side effects. Avoid self-medicating at all costs.

How to Deal with or Treat Depression

Although we don’t choose to be depressed, we do have a choice about how to deal with it. From medication to art therapy, and even exercise, it is vital to find the treatment that best suits you. For many, exercise is not only the easiest treatment for depression, it is also the least expensive. Simply walking 30 minutes a day can help alleviate symptoms of depression. As diagnostic tools improve and better treatments become available, identifying symptoms of depression is easier today than ever before.

Want more information about treatments for depression? Get in contact with one of our Chico mental health professionals today.