Depression is a serious mood disorder that can take the joy from everyday life. It is normal to be moody or sad from time to time. You can expect these feelings after a breakup, the death of a pet or a move to a new city. But if these feelings last for weeks or months, they may be a sign of depression.
Depression symptoms are often subtle at first. They may occur suddenly or happen slowly over time.
- Unexplained aches and pains, such as headaches or stomach pain
- Trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
- Changes in eating habits that lead to weight gain or loss or not making expected weight gains
- Constant tiredness, lack of energy
- Body movements that seem slow, restless, or agitated
Mental or emotional symptoms
- Irritability or temper tantrums
- Difficulty thinking and making decisions
- Having low self-esteem, being self-critical, and/or feeling that others are unfairly critical
- Feelings of guilt and hopelessness
- Social withdrawal, such as lack of interest in friends
- Anxiety, such as worrying too much or fearing separation from a parent
- Thinking about death or feeling suicidal
How is depression diagnosed?
To diagnose depression, a doctor may do a physical examination and ask questions about how you think and feel.
If you think you might be depressed, please ask for help.
If you are looking for some help regarding a mental health issue or addiction, please contact the confidential, 24-Hour Crisis line # 403 – 266 – HELP (4357)
Depression in Children and Teens (2015). My Health Alberta Website. Retrieved September 5,2019 from https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/Pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=stdis