Mental Health Matters
We sometimes suffer from mental health and we don’t know it. When I was 10 years old I was suffering from depression and had no idea. It wasn’t until I was 15 years old sitting in the rape crisis center, with my new therapist; when she told me I had depression. I wasn’t sure what that really meant nor did I care at the moment. I was more focused on my upcoming trial for my sexual abuse case and afraid of others finding out what happened to me.
I have learned over the last 15 years that depression affects everyone differently and we can all heal from it differently. When I am depressed I can isolate myself, feel sad and plagued with negative self-talk, binge eating and extremely agitated when others may feel none of that.
So how do you know if you’re suffering from depression?
You have to be diagnosed by a mental health professional.
So ask your doctor for a referral or contact your insurance provider to help you find a mental health therapist in your area.
Symptoms of depression:
~Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
~Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
~Pessimism and hopelessness
~Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much
~Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, (including sex)
~Overeating, or appetite loss
~Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away
~Digestive problems that don’t get better, even with treatment
~Persistent sad, anxious, or feeling “empty”
~Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Please call the Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255 or Text HOME to 741741 in the US. Or Call 911 if you are a loved one needs help.
Read Mental Health Monday for coping skills to help with your depression.