Let’s Talk About the ‘D’ Word: Depression
Depression is common among people with chronic illness and it can significantly effect their ability to manage the ups and downs of their disease. People who experience both depression & chronic health problems have worse outcomes than people who have medical conditions and do not have depression.
How do you know if you are depressed? Answer these questions:
- Are you bothered by things that don’t usually bother you?
- Do you not feel like eating or have a poor appetite?
- Do you have trouble keeping your mind on what you’re doing?
- Do you have restless sleep?
- Do you feel sad?
- Do you feel like you can’t ‘get going’?
- Do you have crying spells?
If you answered yes to 4 or more that is a pretty good sign you could use a life raft! Watch the video blog above for more information and a little exercise to help you know if you are ready for a change.
Amanda Pratt, MSW, LCSW
*This video is for educational and promotional purposes only and does not constitute or replace a therapeutic relationship. If you need help please contact a therapist in your state or call 911 if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or another crisis.