People afflicted with MDD typically experience a depressed or irritable mood, decreased interest in activities, significant weight change, loss of energy, and feelings of worthlessness. These feelings occur frequently – almost every day with episodes that last at least for two weeks.
MDD is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting approximately 1 out of every 15 Americans age 18 or older. MDD is more prevalent in women than in men, experiencing depression at twice the rate of men. This 2:1 ratio exists regardless of racial or ethnic background or
Depressive disorders frequently occur simultaneously with other disorders or illnesses, including but not limited to anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, and HIV. A sub-type of MDD that includes symptoms of psychosis is called psychotic depression.
Not functioning normally makes it difficult for a person to work, sleep, eat, or enjoy activities.
Chronic depression. Moods are regularly low, yet symptoms are less severe.
Moods alternate between depressive and manic episodes.
Note: These are just warning signs for someone who can eventually die by suicide. One or all signs may lead to the outcome of suicide. Individuals may show these signs instantaneously or can be developed over time. If you see or know someone who is exhibiting these behaviors who normally don’t, please take some form of action. You never know when a form of action or your output of concern can save someone or be the start of their hope. These signs may include but are not limited to the following:
Loss of pleasure/interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex.
Persistent sad, anxious, irritable or “empty” mood.
Difficulty concentrating, remembering or deciding.
Sleeping too much or too little.
Chronic pains or digestive issues.
Sense of guilt, hopelessness, and worthlessness.
Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain.
Note: It is important to stay connected to a community whether that’s supportive friends or family you can talk to. Talk to a doctor for proper diagnosis & medication.