Ask the Expert – Is it Depression or Just the Holiday Blues?

Ask the Expert – Is it Depression or Just the Holiday Blues?

Alzheimer's Care West Palm BeachThe Ask the Expert Column appears in the Palm Beach Post every Tuesday!

Question – How do I know if I’m Suffering from Depression or Just the Holiday Blues?

Answer It’s a common misconception that having the blues is the same as depression; however depression is a serious disorder that can interfere with your ability to function normally in your everyday life.

The blues refers to normal variations of a sad mood that most people experience at certain times during their lives, like around the holidays. The sad mood that characterizes depression however, is more frequent and severe compared to the blues and is accompanied by other symptoms including changes in interest, energy, concentration, sleep, appetite, and sometimes, thoughts of death or suicide.

In addition, depression can make you more likely to have other health problems such as fatigue, sleep problems, and appetite changes. Neurotransmitters — or chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin — which keep your moods on an even keel may be out of kilter if you are depressed.

If you think you might be suffering from depression and you’re not sure it’s just the blues, the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center offers complimentary and confidential depression screenings in our office or in the comfort of your own home. To schedule a screening call 561-588-4545.

Although it’s normal for many people to suffer from the blues at this time of year, it’s particularly important to determine if you suffer from a real depression. Depression is definitely treatable and curable. Reach out to the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center today.

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