#10 - Combat Depression

Ten Keys for Healthy Living - #10 - Combat DepressionHave you ever heard someone say, "I am really depressed"? At such times it is important to ask if we're sad or "clinically depressed," and then to discuss such concerns with a doctor. This is an especially critical distinction as we age because of the tendency of many to confuse sadness with clinical depression (which impairs a person's ability to function).

If you have experienced any of the following depression symptoms for more than two weeks, it is important to acknowledge that you may need treatment:
  • A persistent sad or low mood
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless, or worthless
  • Feeling nervous or “empty”
  • Excessive fatigue or loss of energy
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
  • Difficulties sleeping or staying awake
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Restlessness or agitation
  • Persistent headaches, stomach aches, or chronic pain
  • Moving or talking more slowly than usual
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Feeling as if life is not worth living
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Ten Keys for Healthy Living - #10 - Combat Depression

Additional resources:

Late Life Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center

National Institute of Mental Health

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration