There are two types of depression that people struggle with. One is situational depression and almost everyone has experienced this. This type of depression isn’t long term.
It can occur following a breakup, a move, a job loss or as a result of a stressful situation. You can feel afraid, grief-stricken or a sense of hopelessness. Situational depression should be addressed because if it’s not, it does have the potential to turn into long term depression.
Long term depression is often referred to as chronic depression. This type of depression has been linked to chemical changes within the brain. Getting treatment is imperative so that you can manage the condition.
Go over a checklist of symptoms to see if you recognize any of these as being present in your life.
- You’re experiencing feelings of helplessness, like you can’t change your situation or you can’t pull yourself out of what you’ve thought was a funk.
- You don’t want to go out with your friends and you don’t want to engage in any of the things that you once found enjoyable.
- You would prefer to stay home and feel as if you want to shut out the world.
- Fatigue seems to be something that you’re battling all the time. Getting up fills you with dread and as soon as you wake up, you feel a heaviness in your emotions.
- You might be experiencing feelings of wanting to sleep all the time – or of being unable to sleep because you have insomnia.
- You find that you’re eating just to eat or that you’re unable to eat much at all.