Be Well Aware of Depression Heading Into Winter

If you feel sad, anxious and empty, with no energy for the things you once enjoyed, you are not alone. Depression affects nearly 10 percent of all Americans each year. The good news is most people can return to a satisfying life. However, seeking help is key.

Depression isn’t a passing mood. It is not a personal weakness. It is a major, but treatable, illness. People experiencing depression do not all have the same symptoms. The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
  • „„Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • „„Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • „„Irritability, restlessness
  • „„Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • „„Fatigue and decreased energy
  • „„Difficulty concentrating, remembering details or making decisions
  • „„Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
  • „„Overeating or appetite loss
  • „„Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Don’t wait too long to get evaluated or treated. Research shows the longer one waits, the greater the impairment can be down the road. Try to see a professional as soon as possible.

+ Find a primary care physician near you in Hampton Roads.

When you need good help fast, the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System is here to provide what you need to get well. Whatever your ailment or emergency, you can call 757-215-APPT (2778) before noon and we’ll schedule you an appointment for the same day. Calls after noon will receive scheduled appointments within 24 hours. Calls before 12PM can receive a same-day appointment, and to help expedite your care we’ll require the following information when you call.

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