Most people depressed at times. Losing a loved one, getting fired from a job, going through a divorce, and other difficult situations can lead a person to feel sad, lonely, scared, nervous, or anxious. These feelings are normal reactions to life’s stressors. Clinical depression occurs when these feelings are there every day or most days for two or more weeks. This is a very serious condition that can affects one’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, mood and physical health.
If untreated, episodes commonly last anywhere from a few months to many years. An estimated 25 million American adults are affected by major depression in a given year, but only one-half ever receive treatment. It is important to recognize the signs of depression and get help and support for symptoms. Depression can impact a person’s functioning in any of the following areas:
- Loss or lack of energy
- Change in appetite
- Changes in sleep
- Poor concentration
- Hopelessness or guilt
Crisis Response can offer support for you if you are experiencing these symptoms. A phone counselor or mobile team member can then talk to you about other treatment options for managing depression. Depression is serious, please do not wait to call for support.
If you are concerned that you may have depression, please follow the following link. This will take you to a simple and quick screening tool. This tool does not replace professional consultation. If you feel you may be depressed, please contact a professional. Screening