Depression is generally ranked in terms of severity -- mild, moderate, or severe. The degree of your depression, which your doctor can determine, influences how you are treated. Symptoms of depression include:
Sleep disturbances -- usually insomnia (for example, consistently waking up very early in the morning) but may be excessive sleeping
A dramatic change in appetite, often resulting in either weight gain or weight loss
Fatigue and lack of energy
Feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt
Extreme difficulty concentrating
Agitation, restlessness, and irritability OR inactivity and withdrawal from usual activities
Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
Major depression -- five or more symptoms listed above must be present for at least 2 weeks, but tends to continue for 20 weeks. (A mood disorder is classified as minor depression if less than five depressive symptoms are present for at least 2 weeks.)
I think the first thing you should do is see your physician and see if you have Depression .
If you do there is therapy and medications that may help you as well as coming here and talking to us.
Please know coming here is a wonderful and courageous step. You are voicing your fears so you know what they are.
Stick with us.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*