Adult Mental Health Program | Depression
Depression is more than just feeling sad it’s a serious mental health condition that requires understanding, treatment and a good recovery plan. It is important to understand that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. When these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling that’s when you seek help.
Signs and symptoms of depression:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Appetite or weight change
- Sleep change
- Loss of energy
- Feeling of worthlessness
- Concentration problems
- Reckless behavior
Depression Suicide Risk
Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. Feeling hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness can make suicide feel like the only way to escape the pain.
Warning signs of suicide include:
- Talking about killing or harming one’s self
- Expressing strong feeling of hopelessness
- An unusual preoccupation with death or dying
- Withdrawing from social contact
- Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
- Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above
Warning signs vary from person to person and are not always obvious. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret.