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Woman suffering from depression

Symptoms of Depression

Woman suffering from depression

Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. It is most commonly characterized by a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, which can significantly impair one’s daily life. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates 17.3 million U.S. adults have at least one major depressive episode in a given year. However, those numbers are expected to rise as a result of these turbulent times.

Twelve common symptoms of depression

It is essential to be aware of your own mental health—perhaps now more than ever—as we continue to navigate many unexpected life changes. The caring team of specialists at Alpine Recovery Lodge wants you to recognize the common signs and symptoms of depression so you can get the treatment you need sooner rather than later. Here are 12 common signs of clinical depression:

  1. Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  2. Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  3. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  4. Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed
  5. Loss of libido
  6. Decreased energy
  7. Unexplained fatigue
  8. Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions
  9. Insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping
  10. Loss of appetite and weight loss (or overeating and weight gain)
  11. Thoughts of death, dying or suicide or actual suicide attempts
  12. Restlessness or irritability

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please know that you are not alone. There is help. There is hope. Please call the number below to connect with someone immediately for emotional support:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Hours: Available 24 hours
Languages: English, Spanish

The clinical team at Alpine Recovery Lodge understands how easy it is for those in recovery to repeat familiar behaviors when they’re feeling vulnerable. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression or recovering from addiction and you’re worried about their mental or emotional health, please call us. We are here to support those in need, especially in these trying times. Our admissions office can be reached at 801-874-3171.