Signs of Depression
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Depression is more than just the occasional blues, it’s a mood disorder. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the outward signs of depression in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Depression seems to be related to a chemical imbalance in the brain that makes it hard for the cells to communicate with each other. Depression also appears to run in families.

Depression can be linked to events in your life, such as the death of someone you love, a divorce or a job loss. Taking certain medicines, abusing drugs or alcohol, or having other illnesses also can lead to depression.

Some signs of depression may include:

• No interest in things you used to enjoy

• Feeling sad or empty

• Crying easily or crying for no reason

• Weight gain or loss

• Thoughts about death or suicide

• Trouble thinking, remembering things or focusing on what you’re doing

• Trouble making decisions

• Problems sleeping

• Feeling numb emotionally

If you’re having symptoms of depression, be sure to tell your doctor so you can get help. Depression can be treated with medicines and/or counseling.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.