Am I Depressed?

Depression can either be caused by one major event, a certain factor in your life or can be an unfortunate combination of a number of things. For me, it stemmed from my childhood… my parents went through a divorce. However, it spiraled into a number of different factors as I grew up.

sadinthemorningOther things that may have caused you to be depressed include:

  1. Genetics: it really could be something that runs in your family
  2. Life Events: maybe something happened to you that made it hard for you to be able to cope with your feelings
  3. Childhood Events: children don’t understand always, did something happen when you were young that made you feel this way now?
  4. Work:  Did something happen at work to make you feel upset, sad or inadequate?

Symptoms of Depression

Like I said above, there are many different ways to tell whether or not you have (or could have depression). There are emotional, behavioral, physical and even cognitive symptoms. You may not believe me when I say this but honestly … depression is more common than you think.   The most common one is waking up in the morning feeling sad and constantly feeling sad throughout the day. Other common symptoms of depression include:

  • lack of energy
  • lack of appetite
  • lack of motivation and enjoyment in life
  • back pain and joint pain
  • trouble sleeping
  • anxiety
  • no sex drive
  • becoming less confident in yourself and your capabilities
  • inability to focus
  • loss of enjoyment of activities

Test Yourself and Your Knowledge

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I’ve put together a checklist (or in other ways of putting it … a mini test) that allows you to go through a number of different symptoms that can have a major impact on your life and your likelihood of suffering from anxiety and/or depression.  Before you get into that, the list is really going to go through different attributes and how your life plays into these.  Its an easy way for you to communicate (with yourself) as to why you are feeling the way you are.

It’s really interesting, and I learned about this through personal experience, but anxiety and depression often come together.  One leading to the other, most likely depression leading to anxiety.

FYI- this is not a professional tool and I certainly make no claim to say that this tells you indefinitely what is wrong.  Again, its educational but it also gets you thinking and gives you the symptom tools you need to make a smart decision about how to help yourself and let others help you.

I’ve also been told that people, who are dealing with depression/anxiety have had their family/friends come try this test.  It allowed them to get a better understand of what it is like to be feeling the way you are.  I hope that will help you find comfort in knowing other people are there for you.

Click here to take the ‘test’

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