You should get evaluated by a professional if you've had five or
more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks or if any of these
symptoms cause such a big change that you can't keep up your usual routine..
- You feel sad or cry a lot and it doesn't go away.
- You feel guilty for no reason; you feel like you're
no good; you've lost your confidence.
- Life seems meaningless or like nothing good is ever
going to happen again. You have a negative attitude a lot of the time, or
it seems like you have no feelings.
- You don't feel like doing a lot of the things you
used to like - like music, sports, being with friends, going out - and you
want to be left alone most of the time.
- It's hard to make up your mind. You forget lots of things,
and it's hard to concentrate.
- You get irritated often. Little things make you lose
your temper; you over-react.
- Your sleep pattern changes; you start sleeping a lot
more or you have trouble falling asleep at night. Or you wake up really
early most mornings and can't get back to sleep.
- Your eating pattern changes; you've lost your
appetite or you eat a lot more.
- You feel restless and tired most of the time.
- You think about death, or feel like you're dying, or
have thoughts about committing suicide.
Talk to Someone
- You feel high as a kite...like you're "on top
of the world."
- You get unreal ideas about the great things you can
do...things that you really can't do.
- Thoughts go racing through your head, you jump from
one subject to another, and you talk a lot.
- You're a non-stop party, constantly running around.
- You do too many wild or risky things: with driving,
with spending money, with sex, etc.
- You're so "up" that you don't need much
- You're rebellious or irritable and can't get along
at home or school, or with your friends.
you are concerned about depression in yourself or a friend, TALK TO SOMEONE
about it. There are people who can help you get treatment:
- a professional at a mental health center or Mental
- a trusted family member
- your family doctor
- your clergy
- a school counselor or nurse
- a social worker
- a responsible adult
if you don't know where to turn, the telephone directory or information
operator should have phone numbers for a local hotline or mental health
services or referrals.
Depression & Bi-polar illness can
affect people of any age, race, ethnic or economic group.
TIP: Program emergency numbers into your cell phone! Include physician, counselor, local mental health hospital unit, Social Worker, Crisis Intervention personnel - so they are easy to access!!
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