Depression can occur at any stage in life. If we didn’t come into recovery with a diagnosis of depression it is possible that we will develop depression later on. In reaction to life events like grief and loss, as a result of chemical imbalance, or unexplainable reasons, depression can suddenly show up. Experiencing passing phases of sadness, or multiple symptoms of depression in all of its forms is normal. We all experience sadness, anger, frustration, low motivation, aggression, lethargy, doubt, sadness, and existential contemplation. When those symptoms and emotional experiences start to last longer than just a few days or a few weeks but turn into longer periods of time, there could be something more dramatic going on.
At what point should you be concerned you might be developing clinical depression? Here are some ways to assess your depressive symptoms on your own. If you don’t feel a change after trying these, it might be time to contact your therapist, psychiatrist, or doctor.
- Exercise In A New Way: Exercise in the same old way can get mundane and boring. You might be in need of a good physical challenge, getting out of your head and self. Find an exercise class or activity you’ve been interested in trying but haven’t brought yourself to do. You might enjoy the change of scene and discover you feel better when you are pushing yourself in a new way.
- Get Your Vitamin D Fix: Depression and symptoms of depression can be caused by Vitamin D deficiency or a lack of sunlight. If you are in an office all day or have been in a period of winter without sun, you might be producing too much melatonin, which is a hormone that helps the brain get sleepy for bedtime. Up your Vitamin D dosage and take a trip to the sunshine. The adventure might do you good as well!
If untreated for too long, depression can cause deeper issues and become a chronic problem. You will be the best judge by your intuition which will tell you whether or not these issues need further investigation. It is always better to be safe than sorry. An extra visit to the doctor’s office will never hurt.
Depression doesn’t have to hurt, but it can. If you are struggling with depression and substance abuse, call Lakehouse Recovery. Our residential programs welcome men and women with substance use and mental health disorders. Designed to heal mind, body, and spirit, our unique programs offer clients a chance to learn how to have fun again in recovery. For more information, call us today at 877.762.3707.