Depression is more than the normal feelings of sadness or low energy that come and go as part of our daily lives. Depression is a mood disorder, causing more intense, long-term symptoms.
Depression can be hard to recognize at first. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Depressed or sad mood
Inability to enjoy activities
Changes in eating habits (weight gain or weight loss)
Changes in sleeping habits
Difficulty going to work or taking care of daily responsibilities because of lack of energy
Feelings of guilt and hopelessness (is life worth living)
Slowed thoughts and speech
Preoccupation with thoughts of death and suicide
Physical complaints such as headache or stomach ache
3 or more of these symptoms present for longer than 2 weeks may suggest you are experiencing some form of depression.
Depression can be triggered by a significant life event such as a loss or a medical issue. Job or home stressors can leave us vulnerable to depression. A vulnerability to depression can be passed to us genetically. Whatever the reason, the resulting imbalance can be treated through counseling, medication or both.
Take the Depression Self Assessment Tool
If the results of your assessment indicate the possibility of depression, please contact your CABA Employee Assistance Service at (405) 840-0231 or (800) 559-9544 to make an appointment with a mental health professional. Depression is treatable.