How Do You Know if You’re Depressed?
February 10, 2017
Many regular people have bad days, bad weeks and sometimes even a bad year. Negative events happen to great, successful and smart people. What if a sad month is a sign of chronic depression? Would you know the difference?
I remember the first time a Psychiatrist prescribed an antidepressant for me. These thoughts swirled around my mind:
- I must be really sick;
- I’ve never taken a chemical for anything before, now I’m being asked to take one to take away my bad feelings;
- Will this drug take away my good feelings as well?
- How long will I have to take this drug?
- I’ve heard antidepressants can reduce your sex drive. Could it be worth taking away the one thing that helps me deal with life?
Many thoughts around this line of thinking popped into my mind as I took the prescription from the physician, folded it and inserted it into my wallet. I wasn’t even sure I would fill it.
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After taking the leap of faith and filling the prescription, I immediately experienced the embarrassment of someone else knowing about my secret problem (the pharmacist and the cashier). After making this strong decision and facing the embarrassment of others knowing, I went almost three weeks without experiencing any change in my mental behavior. That first week I must have slept 12 hours a day, which wasn’t a bad thing since my anxiety had been keeping me up most nights. But, I wasn’t anymore happy or delighted about the future of my life.
And yet I persisted. Every story I researched about antidepressants in 1991 spoke of this drug, sometimes, taking up to three weeks to begin working.
Then suddenly, just one day before three weeks, as if I had been living in the dark cave of an obscure mind, I woke up and saw light. Almost everything I viewed seemed as if it had been made of bright, beautiful light radiating from inside the source of everything I viewed. My world popped into a three-dimensional world of exotic color and delight of the likes of which I could have never expected from the enclave of my dark depression.
I tell you of this personal experience, because it took me taking the medication (Effexor) and trusting a medical professional’s advice for me to actually get to the place that I had a brand-sparkling new experience of life to compare with my old shadow-filled life. It was in that exact moment I realized that I had probably been depressed my entire adult life and most of my childhood. My mind and fantasies had become such a safe and comfortable place, I rarely visited reality. The outside world seemed far too scary and untrustworthy to trust.
There are many signs of depression that you may see happening in your life, but the main sign to look for is that sadness and unwillingness to face life is not caused by any one Event in your life. Clinical depression happens when everything around you could be perfectly fine, but you still feel almost unable or completely unable to force yourself to even act as if things may change.
If you see some of the signs below, seek out a licensed professional to diagnose you. Of course, even most licensed professionals can only diagnose. They must send you to a physician or psychiatrist to prescribe medication for your diagnosis. Here are a few signs you may experience if you are clinically depressed:
- Making rash, irresponsible decisions;
- Using addictions (smoking, drinking, drugs, pain medication) to create a smoke screen around your feelings;
- Sleeping 10-12 hours a day;
- Losing the will to get up from bed;
- Losing the will to live;
- Losing the will to clean up your messes (living in filth);
- Feeling trapped in your life, having no positive resolve or choices;
- Spending large amounts of money on frivolous things; and
- Thinking “the perfect” relationship will solve your life’s problems
EHealthIQ.com describes the clinical process below:
In clinical depression, the feelings of sadness, hopelessness and depression are not directly caused by life events. More often they relate to an irregularity in the chemicals the brain uses to control moods.
Clinical depression cannot be solved by willpower, optimism or encouragement, because it is a fundamental disorder of how the brain is working.
In many cases, only addressing the chemical imbalances in the brain – usually through medication – will alleviate the depression.
Helping a patient identify the behavior patterns around their depression and develop strategies to deal with them, which can be accomplished through psychotherapy, can also help.
I hope this will help you make the strong choice to take care of yourself or encourage someone close to you to seek clinical advice.
You don’t get to this voice if reason or recognize it unless you spend time with yourself in silence, asking yourself important self-talk questions. This is like dating. You must get to know the voice of the Spirit by spending time in meditation and silence. This is the only I know to clearly download the power of wisdom and recognize the voice—IN TIMES OF TRAUMA—that is always directing YOU into safety!
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