Are You Ever Feeling Blue?

by Sherry Riter in Decorating,Depression,Health,Product,Women Stuff

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Feeling unhappy or “blue” every now and then is normal, but when a dark abyss of empty despair persistently engulfs you, it may be depression. When suffering from depression it is extremely hard to continue your normal responsibilities the way that you usually do and your interests in family, friends and hobbies all but disappear. This hopeless depression is overwhelming, but you can get better with support and proper help.

FIRST AND FOREMOST…THERE IS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF IF YOU ARE DEPRESSED. Society tries to make “depression” a thing of shame which only makes people more depressed! Do not listen to society! Do not be ashamed!

Common signs and symptoms of depression

  • A low mood for most of the day
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Feeling slow and sluggish
  • Changes in appetite/weight loss or gain
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Decreased libido
  • Having trouble with concentration or memory
  • Loss of energy or feeling fatigued
  • Unexplained physical symptoms
  • Frequently experiencing breakdowns or crying

Make healthy lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes are not always easy to make, but they can have a big impact on depression. Take a good look at your own lifestyle. Some self-help strategies that can be very effective include:

  • Cultivating supportive relationships
  • Getting regular exercise and sleep
  • Eating a healthy, mood-boosting diet
  • Managing stress
  • Practicing relaxation techniques
  • Challenging negative thought patterns

Are you clinically depressed?

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from clinical depression.

  • you can’t sleep or you sleep too much
  • you can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
  • you feel hopeless and helpless
  • you can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
  • you have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating
  • you are much more irritable and short-tempered than usual
  • you have thoughts that life is not worth living (Seek help immediately if this is the case)

If you are clinically depressed, please seek the care of a doctor because THERE IS HOPE! I will repeat that…THERE IS HOPE!

Top Free E-books About Depression

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If you have identified yourself as being depressed and have tried the lifestyle changes and read self-help books as outlined above, seek the professional advice of a medical doctor, psychiatrist and/or psychologist. I always tell my friends to remember that these people become your “employees” when you walk into their office. You are paying them money for their services, correct? Right! Then they are your employee. If you do not like them, fire them which means that you do not keep going back to their office! If you are looking for a professional, first create a list of questions about the doctor/psychiatrist/psychologist to ask the person who answers their office number. Include questions such as:

  • How long have they been practicing?
  • Are they male or female?
  • What is their specialty?
  • What is their approximate age?
  • Are they married, single, divorced?
  • Do they have children?

And the last is the general feeling you have while talking to this receptionist. Are they rude, rushing you, impatient? If so, do you want to have that experience every time you have to make an appointment with the doctor? Is this person a reflection of the doctor’s attitude as well?

You might be thinking that I have lost my mind, however, I have not and there is a good reason I listed those questions. If you need to “connect” with the doctor and ensure that they know the “feelings” you are having, then knowing something about their personal life can help. Depression is not always just a physical thing, it is a mental/emotional thing and connectivity with the doctor is important. Maybe it doesn’t matter to you, but when going through a divorce, I wanted to talk to a woman who had also gone through a divorce. I knew that on some level she could relate with my unhappiness in the ending of a long relationship.

Just remember, millions of people are depressed and get depressed.

You are not alone.

You can find happiness again and be happy.

The following sites were used in this posting or are great sources for understanding depression.

This post was written by...

Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Opus #6 July 27, 2009 at 5:41 am

This post is a wealth of information. Really. Great stuff, and well put-together.

Thanks for the blog comment. Very kind of you to swing by.


2 WhiteSockGirl July 27, 2009 at 6:25 am

Congrats on being Monday 1st on SITs!

Blue? Ah,… Monday is always blue for me….

Stopping by from SITs


3 Eileen July 27, 2009 at 7:36 am

Beautifully written. I have a few friends I want to send this [ost to if you don't mind. Visiting from SITS. Happy Monday.


4 PetalsYoga July 27, 2009 at 7:41 am

Great article… the pictures made me very happy though. Very serene and calm.

Glad to have found you through SITs


5 Teresha and Damon July 27, 2009 at 8:34 am

This is so timely with all that is going on with the economy. You are helping a lot of people.

I submitted my nomination for you over at Project Mommyhood!


6 Yaya July 27, 2009 at 9:28 am

Thank you for the awareness post. I have battled depression and it is not a fun road. I've been in counseling for 9 years.

Congrats on being the first sits commenter!


7 Orange Juice July 27, 2009 at 9:53 am

wow you're pretty amazing. I love your posts so creative and original and FULL Of info!


8 glenna July 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Well put together post along with all of those pretty blue images!


9 Genny July 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm

You list some good resources here. Saw you first on SITS and wanted to pop by and say hi!


10 Kimi July 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Very nicely done post. This is an issue so many people deal with and it is nice to have more information for people. The more resources available the better off everyone is 🙂 Thank you.


11 Lee July 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm

First, you are one of my all time favorite bloggers! Second, those pictures are stunning and calming. Third, very well written and put. Fourth, did you write this about me??


12 Lorie July 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Great links (and advice) for people with depression.


13 Lady Di July 27, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Bravo being number one on SITS. It's pretty cool, you'll get a lot of visitors. This post speaks to me right now. In fact I just made the comment on SITS that I almost didn't do roll call or my mama drama post today because I am feeling blue. However, I didn't want to let the blues get me down and keep me from doing the things I normally do so I woke up and did my post. I'm glad I did, I feel better now.


14 Aunt Julie July 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Thanks for the info…SITS sent me by…and I'm having a giveaway where EVERYBODY wins, so please come on down!


15 PictureGirl July 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm

This is a great post! There are so many people out there suffering from depression.

All of us get down at times and your help tips are very good. Thank you


16 Robbie S. Redmon, LPC July 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Hey there Ms. #1 at SITS again! Great info.


17 Pseudonymous High School Teacher July 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Loved your photo lead. Blue can also be beautiful.


18 The Blonde Duck July 27, 2009 at 7:18 pm

I love blue and white together.


19 Mary K Brennan July 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Great information. You're sure to help a few people. It's more common than most people know.


20 Navyvet July 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Will everyone just leave me alone! I WANT TO BE DEPRESSED!!! It makes me happy……lol. Now I am going to eat a three course meal and sleep for 12 hours! LOL


21 Alicia July 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm

i love the pics and i love the information….i've had such an emotional roller coaster of a life and i've finally learned to embrace what i feel instead of having to downplay it!


22 Sweet Serendipity July 28, 2009 at 1:00 am

A wealth of info here. And I love the photo collage, it's beautiful. Thanks for sharing this info!


23 Kelly July 28, 2009 at 1:14 am

Thanks for posting this. I've been dealing with depression my whole life. I'm in the process now of finding a new therapist. That's the hardest part… that and the actually going to therapy!


24 July 28, 2009 at 3:35 am

Impressive article! Thanks for all your kind comments on my blog:)


25 shraddha July 28, 2009 at 4:30 am

love the info..

i see you everywhere…how is the comment challenge going?


26 Saffie July 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

Thank you for featuring my beads and excellent info. I am travelling the road of depression and have done for some 12 years but finally asked for help and I am on the mend long journey and many changes but I am hopeful. There is always hope!


27 Norman Chandeliers August 24, 2011 at 5:46 am

My favorite color is blue. I love almost everything that is colored blue. Blue gives me peace. It is soothing to the senses.


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