Friday, September 15, 2006

Do You Meet The Criteria For Major Depression? - Mark Webb

Thousands of people suffer from depression and don’t even know it. Often their symptoms are only mild to moderate in severity over time, individuals learn to adapt to an unnecessary struggle with depression.

These symptoms most likely won’t just go away and they can only get worse. If you find yourself identifying with several of these traits then I suggest you see your physician or better yet a psychiatrist as soon as possible.

Here are the more common symptoms of depression:

• Depressed Mood

• Increased Anxiety

• Increased Irritability

• Low Energy Level

• Restlessness

• Lack of Interest in Previously Enjoyed Activities

• Sleep Disturbance

o Initial Insomnia

o Frequent awakenings

o Increased need for sleep

o Feeling tired upon awakening

• Decreased or Increased Appetite

• Feelings of Worthlessness

• Difficulty Concentrating

• Racing Thoughts

• Intrusive Thoughts

• Feelings of Hopelessness and/or Helplessness

• Active or Passive Thoughts of Hurting Yourself and/or Someone Else

• Crying Spells

• Isolation from family and friends

If you identify with these symptoms and they have existed for over a month, you need to consider this an urgent matter. Do not let pride interfere with you getting the help you need. Symptoms of depression are usually progressive in nature. If you wait too long the symptoms can be quite overwhelming. Denying yourself treatment is a form of self abuse/neglect.

The proper treatment can typically provide fast relief. It is common to see improvement in two weeks and sometimes sooner. Why would you want to keep suffering with depression when relief can be right around the corner?

Call and make yourself an appointment now. Make sure your family physician is comfortable treating your depression. If not, they can refer you to a colleague they trust that is trained to treat depression.

While you are at it, I suggest you seek out a therapist to help as well. You will want to choose a therapist who is experienced in treating depression. Ask the receptionist any qualifying questions you may have. Often the therapist will call you back if you request. This can save you time and money. Some therapists work best with children while others are more proficient with adults. A therapist who is effective in treating depression can be a huge resource. They not only can teach you skills to combat the depression, they can also teach you how to prevent a reoccurrence of symptoms. The encouragement and support they provide is worth the effort of seeking a therapist.

Mark Webb is the author of How To Be A Great Partner and founder of Partner Focused Relationships™. Sign up for Mark Webb’s “Relationship Strategies” Ezine ($100 Value). Just visit his website at or

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