When To Seek Help for Depression

Depression is a serious condition and can have a dramatic impact not just on your life, but also on loved ones, coworkers, and others. If you believe you’re suffering from depression, it’s wise to speak with a mental health professional. Our board-certified and licensed providers at Queens Consultation Center in Rego Park, NY can address depression.

If anyone has engaged in self-harm or experienced self-harm ideation, it’s wise to speak with an expert right away. More subtle signs can also be concerning. Catching early warning signs can be a huge difference-maker.

Let’s look at some of the signs that it's time to seek help for dealing with depression.

Constant Feelings of Sadness or Emptiness

Everyone has bad days. Sometimes we go through rough patches in life. A bad day might stretch into a bad week. Depression goes beyond bad days and is more consistent and lasting. At times, happiness may feel impossible, and no matter what happens, you'll still be stuck in the same mental spot.

Some folks will become more outwardly irritable. They may snap at friends, family, or coworkers. However, some people bottle everything up and may not show outward signs to those around them.

Weight Changes

People suffering from depression often gain or lose weight rapidly. Most people experience natural weight fluctuations. Life changes and aging can result in weight gain. However, rapid weight gain or loss can also be a sign of depression.

Some people suffering from depression eat more food as a coping mechanism. Foods, especially comfort foods and sweets, can often provide stimulation. However, overeating can be a symptom of depression. Other people lose their appetite. Foods, including favorites, may sound unappealing. Eating a healthy, reasonable meal may even leave people feeling a bit ill.

Suffering weight changes? Our board-certified and licensed providers at Queens Consultation Center in Rego Park, NY can diagnose depression and help.

Frequent, Extended Disengagement

Most people have days they’d rather stay at home, perhaps resting in bed or skipping social activities. This is normal. However, extended periods of disengagement, especially avoiding activities and people you love, may hint at depression. Addressing depression may help folks reengage with loved ones, in social activities, and at work.

Frequent Problems With Sleeping

People suffering from depression often struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep. Of course, many other conditions can cause sleeping issues. Talking with a medical expert can help patients pin down the source of their sleep troubles.

Depression is hard to spot and easy to miss. This is especially true regarding self-diagnosis or trying to understand friends and family. If you’re worried about depression, that alone suggests it’d be wise to talk with a professional.

Our board-certified and licensed providers at Queens Consultation Center in Rego Park, NY can help manage and treat depression. Dial (718) 459-1225 to get in touch.

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