Understanding depression can be very difficult. We have compiled a list of some symptoms and facts about depression to help you understand a bit more.
Symptoms of Depression:
- Loss of Interest in activities, like hobbies
- Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or suicide
- Increased use of drugs and/or alcohol
- Trouble concentrating, memory, and making decisions
- Isolating yourself from parents and friends
- Not sleeping, having trouble sleeping, or sleeping more than usual
- Feelings of anger and irritability
- Eating more or less than usual
Quick facts about depression:
- Having Depression does not mean something is wrong or that you are a weak person – being able to ask for help is a sign of STRENGTH! It is a real medical condition, like diabetes, cancer, or asthma.
- Women are diagnosed with depression at higher rates than men are. However, male depression often goes undiagnosed, due to reluctance to seek care or downplaying symptoms
- Sometimes medication can help people who are depressed feel better. Medication can be taken temporarily or long term. This is unique to each individual.
- If you are suffering from depression, it might not just go away. For some people, if it is not treated, their depression can last months, or even years.
If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know you can talk to your BridgeUP Fellow or BeWell Health Coach if you are a scholar at NYPLBridgeUP. Or Text CONNECT to 741741 or call 800-273-8255 (800-273TALK)