More Than Feelings of Sadness
Major depressive disorder is classified as a serious mental illness that affects how people think, feel, and act. Some people may not even realize they have depression, while others try to hide their symptoms from others to act like they are okay. However, in order to receive a diagnosis of major depressive disorder, people must experience their symptoms for at least two weeks.
Less Obvious Signs to Look For
Oftentimes, people associate depression with feelings of sadness. While sadness is a prominent symptom, there are less obvious signs that people may not recognize.
Please note that while these symptoms can contribute to depression, they can also be attributed to other medical issues. Always consult with a medical professional to discuss your symptoms.
People diagnosed with depression often feel very tired, no matter how much adequate sleep they get per night. While being fatigued doesn’t necessarily mean you have depression, it can be a warning sign. The feeling of fatigue can last weeks or even longer and may cause you to lack interest or energy in performing your regular daily tasks.
Although depression is a mental disorder, it can affect your physical health as well. Depression can cause headaches or chronic body aches that don’t respond to medications. It also can be responsible for changes in appetite, resulting in stomach cramps or constipation. Those diagnosed with depression are at an increased risk of arthritis, cancer, and heart disease due to high stress levels.
Weight Gain or Loss
When people are sad or experiencing symptoms of depression, they either find comfort in their favorite foods or lose their appetite altogether. Weight gain or loss is also a side-effect of certain medications. If you or your loved one struggles with depression, monitor their eating habits to ensure they are healthy and remain well-nourished.
Alcohol or Substance Use
There is a strong link between depression and alcohol or substance abuse. While sometimes people who struggle with substance abuse develop a mental health condition far after their substance use, people often turn to alcohol or other substances to cope with their feelings of depression.
Alcohol and substances are commonly used to self-medicate and avoid feelings of sadness, loneliness, or hopelessness. However, this can and frequently does lead to addiction.
If you notice that you or your loved one has been turning to alcohol or other substances to manage their emotions during a difficult time, they may need professional help.
Addressing Addiction and Mental Health Disorders at Decision Point Center
At Decision Point Center, we provide psychiatry as well as therapies and treatments that address both physical and mental health. We not only focus on your recovery but make sure you are coping with your mental illness in healthy and appropriate ways.
When you choose Decision Point Center, you are choosing a program dedicated to meeting your needs and creating a personalized dual diagnosis treatment plan for you. To discuss your situation, contact us online or call us at (844) 292-5010.