Sad, Mad or Depressed?

For the many people who suffer a degree of depression in their lives, the key to salvation often lies in understanding depression as an illness, and becoming aware of the symptoms. One of those symptoms is anger.

Depression can be difficult to treat because it can originate from a variety of sources; including physical, mental and emotional. Here is a (short) list of common symptoms of depression.

Depression Symptoms


  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Change in appetite (increase or decrease)
  • Change in menstrual cycle
  • Change in weight (increase or decrease)
  • Digestive problems (constipation or diarrhea)
  • Exhaustion (constant)
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Headaches (psychogenic or worsening of migraine headaches)
  • Lethargy, feeling too tired to perform daily activities


  • Apathetic and uninterested– Lack of emotion, both positive and negative
  • Feel Agitated
  • Feel Alone and lonely
  • Feel Angry or aggressive
  • Feel Anxious (can be excessive)
  • Feel Despair
  • Feel Emptiness Inside
  • Feel Guilt and shame over behavior or past
  • Feel Hopeless
  • Feel Irritable, short-tempered
  • Feel like everyone is against you
  • Feel Numb and unfeeling
  • Feel Overwhelmed


  • Boredom
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating on tasks
  • Frequent Forgetfulness
  • Get frustrated easily
  • Inability to complete a mental task – mental fatigue
  • Indecisiveness on important matters
  • Loss of ambition
  • Lack of creativity
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Lack of motivation
  • Pessimism (negative thinking) towards the future

You may be surprised to learn that there are many treatments available for depression, and that despite the high profile of pharmaceutical drugs as a catch all cure, often natural, holistic courses of treatment can deliver a better long term solution and without the dangerous side effects of addictive meds.

We have all had days when we have felt a little down- it’s the human condition. We are emotional beings who do have ups and downs as we go about our daily business.

Unfortunately, depression does not have a quantifiable factor that can be measured when a person leaps from being ‘just a little down’ to being clinically depressed, as symptoms range across the emotions.  The intensity to which you may feel sad, lonely, anxious or down is unique to you, as depression is such a personal and sensitive condition. This is why it’s important for you to develop the necessary skills so you can deal with depression on your own

It is very easy for you to think and believe; “hey, we all have bad days”. It can therefore be very difficult for you to come to terms with – or even realize – the very real possibility that you, or their loved one, is struggling under a cloud of depression. Even today, with medical practitioners, employers and society’s awareness of depression at a peak, sufferers still keep their heads in the sand purely from the fear of being labelled a mental health patient.

The British wartime icon Winston Churchill refers in his memoirs to his ‘Black Dog’ which would follow his shadow through good times and bad. This was his way of expressing what for him was the unspeakable burden of suffering from depression. Despite knowing he was suffering with the illness for decades, he hid his moods from all but his most inner circle because he believed that his position as leader and father figure to the nation prevented him from showing any weakness or fragility given the extent of his obligations. This is just as true for people today from all walks of life, who bury their sadness in order to present an image of strength in spite of the inner heartache.

If left unacknowledged or untreated, depression can lead to a myriad of further health problems, with clear correlations to heart disease, stress, alcoholism and smoking. On the other hand, the more self awareness and tools you can access, the more empowered you will be to release your depression naturally

Increasingly, people are looking to more holistic means to express their ailments through self help methods, organized groups, aromatherapy and acupuncture to name a few. The simple fact remains that while a tablet may alleviate the sensation of suffering, all this accomplishes is a temporary, yet dangerous chemical shift due to all the side effects, some of which are life threatening.

Real depression relief frequently lies in personal awareness, consultation with loved ones, and taking action to address the origins of this extremely ambiguous, yet life draining illness.

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