Divorce is one of the most stressful times of your life, and it can often lead to depression. However, many people, particularly men, do not even realize that they are depressed! The symptoms of depression are not always “sadness.” There are many other symptoms that indicate depression, so be sure that you understand them and monitor yourself carefully. If you see signs of depression, talk to your doctor immediately. There are things you can do to combat depression and lead a healthier and happier life.
What Is Depression?
It is normal to feel sad and lonely sometimes, especially when a relationship ends. However, depression is different from sadness. While a definitive answer to the question “what is depression?” may be difficult to find, most doctors agree that depression involves feelings of helplessness, worthlessness and hopelessness. Even when we are sad, we normally understand that things will get better. Depressed people do not necessarily believe this, and for this reason depression is extremely dangerous as it can lead to suicide or self-harm.
Physicians usually look for the following signs when diagnosing depression:
- A depressed mood in the morning
- Fatigue or loss of energy on a regular basis
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Indecisiveness or impairment in concentration
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Diminished interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Thoughts of suicide
- Feeling restless or “held back” by the actions of others
- Weight loss or gain of more than a few pounds without dieting
The mere presence of a few of these symptoms does not necessarily indicate depression. However, when five or more of them are present at once, the patient may be classified as clinically depressed.
What Should I Do If I Think I Am Depressed?
If you are afraid you are suffering from depression, the most important thing to do is see a doctor. There are many options for treating depression; medication is not the only one. It could be that a change in your regular medications or diet could also help. Talking to a professional is also helpful in some cases and can give you a feeling of empowerment.
One of the things you can do to take charge of your life is to talk to a divorce attorney like those at the Men’s Legal Center. We will help you manage the legal aspects of your divorce and give you back some control over the things that are happening to you.