Recognizing Serious or Clinical Depression

There are early warning signs of clinical depression, which may be totally ignored or redefined into evasive terms by those suffering depression. A University of Michigan School of Nursing study revealed these stages:

  1. Something's Not Right: Participants denied obvious symptoms, instead blaming stress, the weather or other outside causes. They spent a lot of energy denying any problem and pretending all was well.
  2. Something's Really Wrong: Symptoms become more aggressive. Eating and sleeping patterns changed and participants' energy and ability to concentrate evaporated. They realized they were withdrawing from others and became anxious and thought of suicide.
  3. The Crash: More severe symptoms signal the beginning of an acute depression. These might include difficulties with sleep, cognition, personal relationships and physical safety.
  4. Getting Help: In this critical stage, participants understood that they had to find a professional who would listen, and provide feedback and beneficial assistance.

Don't let depression go untreated. Ask your medical doctor to test for vitamin deficiencies, chemical imbalances, and reactions to medicine or combinations of medications. If a physical cause is ruled out, ask to be referred to a mental health professional. Recovery may come as a result of medication, counseling, or psychotherapy or a combination of treatments.

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