Know the signs of depression to prevent a relapse

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People with a history of substance abuse are often prone to feelings of depression. The emotional ups and downs of the holidays can trigger those feelings, and can lead to a relapse.

If you suffer a relapse over the holidays, Love Life Wellness Center is here for you. Love Life is a full-circle hub for health and wellness focused on inspiring our guests to love themselves and love life. We strive to cultivate a conscious community and offer well-rounded, holistic based programing.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of depression can help you recognize the condition in yourself and others and seek proper treatment. The National Institute of Mental Health offers this list of what to look for:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings – People suffering from depression have these feelings for more than two weeks.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism – Depression is often characterized by a bleak outlook. It may feel like nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing that can be done to improve the situation.
  • Loss of energy – Many people suffering from depression feel fatigued, sluggish and physically drained. Small tasks may be exhausting or take longer to complete than usual.
  • Concentration problems – Trouble focusing, making decisions or remembering things can often accompany depression.
  • Irritability and restlessness – Everyone and everything may get on the nerves of a person suffering depression. They may have a low tolerance level and a short temper.
  • Loss of interest in once-pleasant activities or hobbies– Hobbies, pastimes and social activities don’t offer joy or pleasure for people suffering from depression.
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping – Depression is often accompanied not being able to sleep, or sleeping too much and still feeling like you don’t have any energy.
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain – Some people suffering from depression may overeat, or not eat at all.
  • Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt – Depression patients criticize themselves harshly for perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Unexplained aches and pains –Including headaches, back pain, aching muscles and stomach pain.

Depression looks different for everyone. If these signs or symptoms describe you or a loved one, talk to your doctor.