Signs of Depression in Adults

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PLEASE NOTE: this list is NOT intended to diagnose or treat you. See a licensed mental health provider or medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Most people get “the blues” sometimes that last a day or two. However, Major Depressive Disorder is a SERIOUS and often FATAL illness that occurs in approximately 6.7 percent of US adults. Medications can be helpful, but come with side effects that many people cannot tolerate. Medications will NOT cure the mistaken belief system causing the depression.

Without talk therapy to both uncover the root cause of the depression and learn ways to manage it, depression can persist despite medication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, can help you uncover the beliefs you carry about life without even knowing it. These beliefs often contribute to depression below your level of awareness. Once uncovered, I can help you face and refute the irrational thoughts and replace them with healthy, logical thoughts.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms on a frequent or daily basis, please contact me for a full professional evaluation:

  1. sadness

  2. pessimism

  3. feeling like a failure

  4. loss of pleasure

  5. guilty feelings

  6. punishment feelings

  7. self-dislike

  8. self-criticalness

  9. suicidal thoughts or a sense of, It would be better if I  weren’t here*

  10. crying, or unable to cry anymore

  11. feeling agitated

  12. no interest

  13. hard to decide things

  14. feeling worthless

  15. no energy

  16. sleep issues

  17. irritable

  18. appetite changes, up or down

  19. can’t concentrate

  20. fatigue

  21. no sexual interest

(Adapted from the Beck Depression Inventory)

Taking that step to call me for an appointment is hard, but can be the best decision you ever make.