Depression at work.

Yesterday, I had an entirely different post planned. Then, I learned of the death of Robin Williams. Heartbreaking that he suffered for so long while he brought joy and laughter to so many. I just wish that he could’ve found peace here, in this world.

One out of every 10 people battling depression commits suicide, and I believe with technology overload,  social media comparisons, internet bullying, extreme expectations, and heightened insecurity in our worlds, this number will, unfortunately, rise.

With this in mind, I am sharing the top signs of clinical depression from WebMD, as well as the warning signs of suicide. Plus, here is a link to the WebMD site to help you if you, or someone you know, suffers and needs help:

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/detecting-depression

Signs of clinical depression include:

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches pains, cramps, headaches or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts

Warning signs of suicide with depression include:

  • A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Clinical depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
  • Having a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
  • Saying things like “It would be better if I wasn’t here” or “I want out”
  • Talking about suicide (killing one’s self)
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about

Please—be aware. Reach out. Get or give help. Don’t ignore or run away. Let friends, family, and colleagues know you are there.

Thank you.

 

 

Grateful for this wonderful medical information, Copyright 2005-2014 WebMD, LLC

 

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