In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to reveal the 10 key signs of depression and an insightful response to claims that suicide is a selfish act.
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Now, let’s talk about the 10 key signs of depression and an insightful response to claims that suicide is a selfish act.
As a result of the recent death of Robin Williams, various media outlets have been asking me for insights into depression and the ways a person can recognize it in themselves or their partner.
“Does the average person know the difference between ‘the blues’ and depression?” asked one TV reporter.
Every one of us will experience some form of the blues and some form of depression. The way to distinguish between a sad or depressed mood and a state of depression that needs attention is to answer these 3 questions:
When you feel sad, down or depressed, for how long does it last?
When it happens, how intense would you rate it from 1 -10 (high being 10)?
How often do you experience this state or feelings?
If you are having intense feelings of depression that occur nearly every day and last most of the day, then we would refer to that as depression. Severe depression occurs when the state overtakes your life, you cannot function and it is destroying your life and relationships.
There are also various forms of depression from sadness and anxiety to delusions and hallucinations to postpartum depression and its opposite – mania.
Here are the 10 key signs of depression, again referring to them as occurring nearly every day and for most of the day; you do not need to have all 10 signs to be experiencing depression:
1. Sadness, emptiness: Depressed mood with feelings of being sad or empty; others notice you are sad or tearful
2. Lack of interest in pleasurable activities: A loss of interest and excitement in what were once highly pleasurable activities – hobbies, sports, exercise, sex and so forth; psychological and physical isolation – particularly in men