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Are you feeling a little blue? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re just going through a “down in the dumps” phase or suffering from something more serious. We all have sad or down times where we don’t feel like we can or want to face the day, but if it is continuing long-term and you have a few of the symptoms below, you may want to address some lifestyle factors and see a professional.

There is actually a very long list of symptoms of depression, along with different types of depression. Some of the symptoms are similar to those of other diseases, so it can be confusing. It is best to have a professional help you decipher and understand what you’re going through.

Here are four signs that it could be more than just a “blue” period of your life.

Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy: Sometimes we get in a funk or change our interests, but if you feel you just don’t have the energy or motivation to do what you used to enjoy all the time (or create new hobbies) then you might want to ask yourself why. You have to be honest with your answer. Don’t downplay your emotions or think of the journey ahead of you. Take it one step at a time.

Feelings of worthlessness or helplessness: It is normal to feel these things sometimes; however, it is when you feel that way all the time that there can be a problem. If you feel like you’d rather avoid situations than get involved, your feelings are debilitating you and it’s probably time for some outside help.

Oversleeping or insomnia: If you feel you just want to escape life by sleeping it away, then that should be a big sign something is wrong. We all go through tough times where we want to escape for a bit, but it is usually short-lived. If you cannot sleep because your mind is always going and you are wired with lots of mental fog, you might want to check into why you cannot relax and calm down.

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Emotional eating or food avoidance: Many times people turn to food for comfort or are too emotional to think about food. If you are feeling sad, pay attention to how you respond to it. Does ice cream make you feel better or are you completely put off by the thought of food? Are you gaining weight because you are indulging frequently? Are you losing weight because you are avoiding food?

Many cases of depression have to do with a hormonal imbalance, which can certainly be reduced, if not resolved, with dietary and lifestyle adjustments. Don’t suffer alone. Please seek help from a friend, family member or professional.

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