Randy Withers, MA, NCC, LPCA
Anyone can have depression and we all go through periods of depression no matter who we are. It is imperative not to ignore the symptoms or signs in ourselves our spouses and especially our children. The main reason not to ignore the signs is that depression can turn into mental illness. Mental illness can often lead to suicide. So what are signs of depression? Symptoms can be broken into two main categories - Behavioral and Emotional.
Depression is an illness that affects many areas of a person’s life, such as relationships with friends and family, performance at work and school, and everyday activities like eating and sleeping. Many people will experience symptoms of depression at some point in their lives, but the difference between feeling a little depressed and having depression is how long you feel those symptoms. Doctors and counselors diagnose depression after a person feels symptoms for at least two weeks. Most of the time depression begins around ages 20 to 30, but a person of any age can experience depression. At times depression comes about after a difficult event, like the death of a loved one, a traumatic experience, or other major life changes. Other times depression does not seem to have a source and may appear to come out of nowhere.
Randy Withers, MA is a National Certifed Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCA) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS-A) in North Carolina. He specializes in dual diagnosis substance abuse and mental health treatment.