Depression – Do you know the signs?

Feeling low from time to time is normal. But clinical depression is more than just a blue day. Symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • depressionLoss of interest and enjoyment in usual activities and hobbies
  • Feeling hopeless, down, or in despair
  • Severe mood swings within short periods of time
  • Sleep disturbances — insomnia, sleep disruption, restlessness, early morning awakening
  • Low energy most of the time
  • Changes in eating patterns — loss of appetite or bingeing
  • Feeling bad about yourself or believing that you are a failure
  • Trouble concentrating on tasks, feeling distracted
  • Thoughts of self-harm
  • Destructive or “out of control” behaviours — heavy drinking, reckless driving, unsafe or compulsive sexual behaviours.

Help is available. For professional and confidential assistance at no cost, call Interlock at 604 431-8200 (Lower Mainland) or 1-800-663-9099.