Just Feeling Sad or Having Depression?
Do you feel sad and hopeless? Experiencing low energy and lack of motivation most of the time? Will this feeling ever pass? Or could it be depression? While sadness does not always means depression, but prolonged and unmanaged sadness might eventually leads to depression. Let’s find out more..
Depression is a state of emotion where one’s mood is predominantly depressed or one has markedly loss of interest nearly every day. Besides that, those who are having depression could be experiencing self-worthlessness, tiredness, or disturbed sleep and appetite. Another symptom to be cautious is having recurrent suicidal ideation. There are several types of clinical depression:
Having distinctive symptoms of depression for a couple of weeks, which have also impaired one’s various areas of functioning.
Persistent Depressive Disorder
Having a long standing depressed mood for more than a couple of years. However, the symptoms met are less severe compared to Major Depression
Having a fluctuating mood where one experiences elevated mood and depressed mood in alternating sequences.
Experiencing depressed mood during pregnancy or soon after delivery.
The following are some symptoms of depression. Do seek for professional consultation if you match 4 or more of the checklist. However, these are not diagnostic criteria.
Going through grief and loss
Sign of suicide, such as giving away precious belonging, repeatedly saying about suicide, anniversary day, saying goodbye suddenly, asking someone to take care of loves one when he/she is not around.
Provide help by bringing him/her to a mental health profession such as a counsellor, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.
If you have suicidal ideation, immediately call Befrienders 24-Hour hotline: (+60) 03-7956 8144/ 8145
Changing your habits of thought
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)