As you may or may not know we have a big problem with depression in this country. It has been estimated that on any given time there is between 10%-20% of the total U.S. population is suffering from some form of depression or another. Here is a video that summarizes some of the basic characteristics of Major Depressive Disorder. I hope this cartoon gives you some insight as to the symptoms and treatment of this disorder. The most important take home message is to be aware that if you have these symptoms you may need to have a check up from your health care professional. Usually your primary care physician can give you a short paper and pen test that will screen you for depression. Unfortunately depression often increases for many people during the holidays.
Merry Christmas to all of you.
Blessings, Michael Murrell, Psy.D.