With the everyday blues, you know you’ll get over it and get on with things. With serious depression, you feel like all the energy has drained out of your life and it seems like it’s never- coming back. Here are a few quick questions to give you an indication of whether or not you might be suffering from depression,
1. I’m eating much more (or much less) than usual.
2. I’m sleeping more (or less) than usual.
3. I’m sad most of the time.
4. I feel worthless and often guilty.
5. I often feel tense and irritable.
6. I have no energy, even when I get up in the morning.
7. I have lost interest in most of the activities I used to enjoy.
8. I feel hopeless about the future.
9. I have trouble concentrating, making decisions, or remembering.
10. I cry a lot.
11. I have persistent aches and pains.
12. I think about death or suicide. (If you answer yes, seek immediate help, regardless of your answers to the other questions.)
According to the National Foundation for Depressive Illness, you could be suffering from depression if you have experienced two or more from the preceding list of symptoms for at least two weeks in a row.¬† If so, call your physician.