Down in the Dumps or Depression? The A-Z’s of Mental Health


For the month of April I am participating in the annual A-Z Blogging Challenge. The Challenge was started by author/blogger, Arlee Byrd.

  Each day of the month (except Sundays) we will post something based on that days correlating letter. Some of us chose a theme and others are winging it. My theme is the A-to-Z’s of Mental Health, Raising Awareness. It is a topic that is very close to my heart. I hope you find the posts interesting and you will comment and share the posts everywhere. To see a complete list of the participants or for more information-click on the badge over there to the right>

Today’s letter is D

A-Z Letter D







Every single one of us at some time in our life will experience some form of depression. For most of us it isn’t serious. The sad, discouraged or blue feelings will pass after a few days. For some people those feelings linger for weeks, even months.  If you have been feeling sad for longer than two weeks you need to see a doctor.

  • 1 in 10 U.S. Adults has some form of depression
  • 3.4% of those have major depression
  • For people between the ages of 10-24 suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death


              * Little interest in activities you used to enjoy

               * Significant weight loss or gain

               * Sleeping too much or insomnia

               * Trouble concentrating or making decisions

               * Continuous lack of energy

               * Feeling guilty or worthless everyday

               * Persistent aches and pains, headaches, trouble with digestion

               * Slow speech, moving slowly







If you have any of these symptoms within two-months of losing a loved one it is not considered depression.

If you are experiencing two or more of these symptoms daily, and the feelings last for more than a week your doctor should test you for hypothyroidism as well as ruling out other physical causes for your depression. Once a medical cause is ruled out it is a good idea to request a consultation with a mental health professional. If your primary doctor tells you that he/she can treat you, ask them what experience they have in treating depression.

Your doctor may prescribe an anti-depressant or a combination of medications. Before taking any medication familiarize yourself with the side effects and possible interactions with other medications.

Talk therapy is very effective in treating depression

While undergoing treatment for depression you should postpone making any major decisions.

Stop blaming yourself.

A-to-Z photo depression is not a sign of weakness



Tomorrow I will list some alternative treatments for Depression.






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