Updated: Jun 29, 2021
Is it depression or sadness? Can you tell the difference?
Depression is a serious condition or mood disorder that negatively affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It is common to feel sad or lonely, when dealing with life struggles or personal loss especially during this time of crisis in the pandemic. But when such feelings become overwhelming and begin to affect your emotional and physical well-being, they may keep you from living a productive lifestyle.
Clinical depression is persistent and can often interfere with a person’s functioning in daily life – it can affect how you feel, think, and handle your daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. These symptoms can present for at least three to four weeks continuously. How many of the following signs of depression do you have?
8 signs of depression:
Moody most of the day, and nearly every day
Diminished interest or pleasure in activities
Changes in appetite and sleeping patterns
Loss of energy or increased fatigue
Restlessness or irritability
Feelings of anxiety
Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness
Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Talk to someone if you feel that your thoughts are leading you to think about suicide or attempts at suicide.
If you find it difficult to make decisions or feel overwhelmed during this time, Call us.
We are here to help. Go to www.psychologytt.org Press the red button. Talk to us!
Dr. Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor, ED.D. MBPsS.
Immediate Past President - Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists.
Director - MNC Psychological Testing and Counselling Centre
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The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.