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•Everyone has periods of sadness in their life, but sometimes that sadness can be prolonged and begin to interfere with one’s daily life. If you feel that your sadness is interrupting your life it is important to seek professional help. Here are some important questions to ask yourself:
◦Would you describe yourself as down or sad most of the time?
◦Have you lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy?
◦Do you find yourself withdrawing from friends and family?
◦Have you noticed a change in your eating habits either eating more or less than usual?
◦Have you noticed a change in your sleep patterns either sleeplessness or a desire to sleep all of the time?
◦Are you having difficulty concentrating on tasks?
◦Do you find yourself being lethargic and lacking energy?
◦Is your sadness interfering with daily life?
These questions are not meant to diagnose depression, but they may help you identify if your sadness is interrupting your life. If you feel that you may be depressed it is important to talk to someone about what you are experiencing, and seek help. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, rather it is a sign of strength.
•Ask your primary care physician for a referral.
•Talk with your school counselor about finding help.
•Ask family or friends to recommend someone based on their experiences.
•Check with your Health Insurance Company, church, or community center.