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When Sadness Spills Into Depression

By Sandy Schroeder

In today's demanding world, it is easy to feel sad, but knowing when those signs signal depression is even more important.  

Doctors say depression can deepen, leading to physical, mental and emotional symptoms that destroy relationships. If you are feeling increasingly irritable and sad, you might consider calling your doctor and arranging to see a therapist to evaluate your symptoms for depression. 

Doctors say 1 in 10 of us have depression at any given time. When depression gets a grip on an individual, there is frequently a loss of energy and withdrawal from close relationships. If you recognize these symptoms, it is important to deal with the situation now. 

As a first step if you have been feeling depressed for a week or two, you might talk with a close friend that you trust or a healthcare professional to review these crucial symptoms. 

You are having trouble sleeping - If you are depressed, you may sleep too much or too little. A few restless nights may be normal, but ongoing issues with sleep night after night should be evaluated. 

You are feeling increasingly irritable - We all have up and down moments, but snapping at everyone most of the time signals stress overload and possible depression. Take a moment to review your days and assess your irritability. 

Aches and pains are increasing - If you are having more headaches, back pain and muscle aches, depression may be  involved. As we know, the body and mind play upon each other. Think about your pain levels and what it might mean. 

Impulsive actions - People who are depressed often take chances with risky behavior in relationships, drinking, substance use and gambling. If you find yourself driving too fast, drinking more or doing other impulsive things, consider what is happening. 

Loss of energy - You may have a demanding schedule at home and at work that tires you out more and more. When people are depressed, normal tasks can seem overwhelming. 

Wherever you are with sadness, worry or anxiety, don't just shrug it off. Speak to a friend, call your doctor, or see a therapist to evaluate your symptoms for depression. You deserve to feel a lot better. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Coppell, Tex.

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