If you or a loved one has been feeling consistently sad and hopeless lately and the mood just won’t abate, you may want to take a moment to consider the possibility of depression.
Depression is a mood disorder which makes you feel a wide range of negative emotions. Most people with depression feel gloomy, but some may feel inexplicably irritable or emotionless. The disorder can manifest itself in a variety of ways, all of which are extremely unpleasant. Depression can make you feel like you aren’t yourself, and it can even take away your drive to get better or to ask someone for help.
To see if you or someone you know may be depressed, follow the link to a short list of questions which may indicate a depressed mood. If you find that these questions apply, you should talk to a licensed mental health professional as soon as you can. Only a professional can diagnose a mental health disorder and ensure depression isn’t being confused for another illness.
Think you might be depressed? Screening questions might helpDetroit Free PressQUESTION: What blood tests, X-rays, verbalization tests and written tests might help diagnose depression? — J.B., Atlanta. …