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May 14, 2020

10 Common Symptoms of Depression

Every year approximately 9.5 percent of the American population suffers from depression. Depression is a grave illness that affects day to day life and destroys families. It is a disorder that controls the mind and its functions causing loss of appetite, sleeplessness, mood swings, and a deep sense of despair.

As the owner and psychiatrist at Blueprint Wellness Psychiatry, we manage depression in a variety of ways and are pleased to say that medication is not your only option. However, many people aren’t quite clear on the symptoms of depression so I want to make sure you know the 10 Common Symptoms of Depression and what to do about it!

Common symptoms include:
An unshakeable sadness, anxiety, or emptiness.
Overwhelming hopelessness accompanied by pessimistic feelings.
Extreme guilt, feelings of helplessness, and no sense of self-worth.
Loss of energy, a slowing down of metabolism, and activity levels. Being plagued by constant fatigue.
A sense of helplessness along with an increasing inability to focus and indecisiveness.
Loss of sound sleep and development of extreme insomnia.
Inexplicable weight loss or weight gain. Triggered by loss of appetite or eating binges.
Brooding and suicidal inclinations.
Irritability, short temper, as well as restlessness.
Physical afflictions like headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain for no particular reason.

If you experience any of the above along with a marked change in behavior do consult your doctor. He/she will give you a thorough examination to rule out physical causes for depression as well as any underlying medical problems. Then if required he/she will recommend that you consult a psychiatrist.

Take matters in hand and try and erase negativity from your mind. Cut out from your life terms like exhaustion, worthlessness, and hopelessness. Change your life by setting yourself a few goals. Try and relax, meditate, and enjoy music. Start new activities that absorb your time as well as interests. Go out and meet people and participate in group activities. Avoid the company of negative people. Make up your mind to enjoy a movie, ballgame, family outing, picnic, or trek. Be positive, self-confident, and have faith in yourself. Faith is itself a great healer. Decide to change your world for the better. However, do follow the doctor’s advice. Call us at Blueprint for virtual or in-person visits to discuss treatment options for your depressive symptoms.

If your depression escalates or you are suicidal seek help from your family physician or health care provider. Do call a local health department, a community mental health center, or a hospital or clinic. Someone will extend a helping hand and talk you through the crisis.

About the Blogger:
Dr. Crystal Nelson is a highly esteemed Board-certified Psychiatrist, National Speaker, and the Founder of Blueprint Psychiatry - a mental health and wellness center offering a full range of psychiatric services in Newnan, GA. She is passionate about educating her clients about mental health and empowering them in the healing process.

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