12 Symptoms of Depression and when you should seek immediate help.
These are strange times we are living in. Our lives have been turned upside down since the outbreak of Covid-19. Everyone is concerned about contracting the virus but another danger facing our society is depression and suicide.
Our emotions are scattered. The one day you feel absolutely fine, then the next morning you
can barely get out of bed. The financial ruin families are facing, parents struggling with home-schooling, the uncertainty of our future is playing havoc with our well-being.
If you are concerned about your mental health, the South African Depression and Anxiety group, SADAG lists these 12 symptoms of depression.
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities you once enjoyed, including sex.
- Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism.
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness and self-reproach.
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping.
- Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain.
- Decreased energy, fatigue and feeling run down.
- Increased use of alcohol and drugs; may be associated but not a criterion for diagnosis.
- Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts.
- Restlessness, irritability, hostility.
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions.
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.
- Deterioration of social relationships.
You can also do this online quiz, based on the Depression Screening Test by Ivan Goldberg, M.D.
SADAG says if you need a referral to a psychologist, psychiatrist or support group, you can call, The South African Depression and Anxiety Group on
011 234 4837 or 0800 20 50 26
and speak to a trained counsellor who can assist you further.
Sources: SADAG, psycom.net, timeslive
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