Identifying Depression Warning Signs
It's important to know the difference between a few glum days and signs of something more serious. Recognizing the warning signs of depression makes you aware of when you should seek diagnosis and treatment from your doctor or urge a friend to get the help he or she needs.
How can you tell if you or a loved one is struggling with depression? Of course, only a qualified professional can make an official diagnosis, but the National Alliance on Mental Illness lists several common warning signs, including:
- Feeling sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks.
- Severe, problematic mood swings.
- Worries or fears that get in the way of regular activities.
- Sudden fear for no reason.
- Trying, or planning, to physically harm oneself.
- Risky behavior, such as reckless driving.
- Significant changes in eating patterns and weight.
- Repeated misuse of drugs or alcohol.
- Drastic changes in personality, behavior, and sleeping habits.
- Extreme difficulty focusing or sitting still.
If you are experiencing these symptoms yourself, please do not wait to seek help from a qualified professional. To find a psychiatrist who can help, call (909) 806-1919 or by go online to dignityhealth.org/ourdoctors. We also offer a great Intensive Outpatient Program to individuals in the Inland Empire which can help with more severe cases of depression through daily treatment sessions. Call (909) 806-1301 to get started and learn more about our Intensive Outpatient Programs.
If your situation is life-threatening, please dial 911 or your local police department, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or (800) 273-TALK (8255).