Sadness touches everyone. It operates as an alarm signal, letting you know that something is wrong and needs your attention. But if sadness becomes a profound, all-consuming dark cloud that drains your motivation, that alarm is now on high alert, letting you know something serious is amiss.
Cases of major depression are on the rise. As we become busier with tasks and less connected to people, we become less connected to ourselves, work, family and friends. We become exhausted and easily irritated, and the simplest tasks seem daunting. Depression is hard to diagnose in men because they don’t know why they’re upset. They can’t concretely point to what makes them feel like life has no meaning. They just assume they’re sad, and that they’ll eventually get over it. But depression isn’t the same as being sad. A sad person knows what they’re sad about. Meanwhile, a depressed person doesn’t have an outward source to point to.
While major depression might feel permanent, it can improve with treatment and 80% to 90% of people recover from it. There are practical tools you can implement that will help you figure out what you’re distressed about. The sooner you can diagnose it, the sooner you can get better. A leading cause of suicide is depression. If you are thinking that death is the only way out, or if you have a suicide plan, call 1-800-SUICIDE immediately. Know that you are not alone, and even the worst cases of depression can be treated.
There are a variety of symptoms that indicate someone has major depression, and the signs can vary significantly among different people. However, there are some common thought patterns that people with major depression have that seem to be out of proportion, such as being unusually pessimistic, developing false beliefs, and unwarranted feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
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