Q. I think that I might be depressed. Are there any ways to know for sure? What are some things that I can do if I am?
A. Depression is a common issue among young people. You are not alone! However, if you are feeling like you might be depressed, now is the time to schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional. Some of the signs and symptoms of depression include trouble sleeping, lack of concentration, change in appetite, and feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty. Symptoms of depression must last at least two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning for a diagnosis of depression.
Keep in minds that medical conditions (e.g., thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to rule out general medical causes. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call us! Here at the Corner, you can meet with a mental health professional that can help you to figure out what is going on and how you might be able to feel better.