14.8 million American adults ( roughly 6.7 percent of the population) have been diagnosed with Persistent Depressive Disorder also known as PDD.* It is far from uncommon and can disrupt day to day life for those who have it. The good news is that it is something that is treatable. Knowing whether or not you are depressed is the first step to getting help.

Although two-thirds of the clients at HRC are severely depressed when they enter the program, many do not realize they are affected. Men, in particular, are inclined to attribute the feelings induced by depression to other causes. Some blame their inability to handle stress well. Others reject being labeled depressed because of the social stigma often unjustly attached to this condition. Some are simply so overwhelmed by alcoholic symptoms that their depression is masked. Even so, depression is not difficult to spot if you know that certain behaviors are red flags to the condition:


17 Signs To Help You Spot Depression

  • Withdrawal from activity, isolation
  • Continual fatigue, lethargy
  • Indecisiveness
  • Lack of motivation, boredom, loss of interest in life
  • Feeling helpless, immobilized
  • Sleeping too much; using sleep to escape reality
  • Insomnia, particularly early morning insomnia (waking early and being unable to get back to sleep)
  • Lack of response to good news
  • Loss of appetite or binge eating
  • Ongoing anxiety
  • Silent and unresponsive around people
  • An "I don't care" attitude
  • Easily upset or angered, lashing out at others
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Listening to mood music persistently
  • Self-destructive behavior (including promiscuity)
  • Suicidal thoughts or plans

These signs do not necessarily mean that you suffer from depression, but if you notice any of them in yourself or a loved one it might be time to get help. If you or your loved one is suffering from any of the listed signs of depression we urge to contact us right away and let us help you return to joy.