Category: In the Loop

BEEN DOWN SO LONG IT LOOKS LIKE UP TO ME: Depression – Or Just The Blues by Susan Menahem

So, is it “bah humbug,” winter blues, or a full blown clinical depression?  There are many reasons or even a combination of reasons why a person might become depressed, and although the types of depression may differ, many of the symptoms can be very similar and may only vary in their severity and duration.  Some common symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness or hopelessness, changes in sleep patterns or appetite, loss of concentration and focus, loss of interest in social or daily activities, feelings of tiredness and fatigue, irritability and anxiety and even thoughts of suicide.  If you are feeling any of these feelings and think that you may be depressed, it may be important to figure out which type of depression you have since the treatment options may vary. Depression during the holiday season is usually the result of encountering “memory sparkers” or having expectations that go unmet.  A memory sparker is anything that can trigger a previous memory – a smell, a place, a song or even a date on the calendar.  Unless it’s a special day marking a specific event, if I asked you to tell me where you were and what you were doing over… Read more »