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If you're feeling overwhelmed and depressed and can't seem to figure out what's going on, it could be your stressing over something or if you think it's more serious, consider taking a Depression Test. 

We all have good days, great days, but sometimes we may have like the singer Kirk Franklin says in one of his songs, a feel like giving up day.

After doing some research on depression I've learned that depression goes much deeper than being a little down. I have my share of down days, and there are times when I just don't feel like doing anything. When I experience this, I pray, relax and sometimes I take a break.

Encouraging others gives me purpose and strength to continue on. Although I haven't been diagnosed with depression, I wanted to address the topic and share with others where to get help if experiencing depression.

I do understand that people who suffer from depression need much more than taking a break. Don't be ashamed of what you're feeling.  If you have serious concerns about it consider reaching out to a medical professional for help.

sometimes you may be overwhelmed and depressed - but know that you are not defeated

Here's an article I read on Healthwise website that may offer hope to someone who may be feeling depressed:

Martha sought depression help. She's now an Advocate for people who have mental illnesses..."People do get better"

Over coffee, Martha explains how severe depression left her wanting to end her life and unable to have normal conversations with people. "I woke up every day with suicide on my mind, and I went to bed with suicide on my mind," Martha says. Nearly broke, and without health insurance, her life became a "dark maze of mental illness," she says. She went into the hospital for treatment at least a dozen times, and she needed to get county assistance to help pay for her medicines. I realized what it meant to be on the margins of society"

This article represents Hope. You may be overwhelmed and depressed but don't lose hope. reach out and let someone know if you need help.  

wondering what the symptoms are for when you're feeling depressed?

Some possible depression signs (you can take a depression test by visiting healthwise website https://www.healthwise.org or any credible medical site)

  • difficult functioning
  • fatigue,
  • lack of energy
  • loss of interest in things you have once enjoyed
  • feeling a deep sense of guilt or blaming yourself
  • sad all the time
  • lack of appetite
  • extreme weight changes
  • difficult sleeping
  • excessive sleeping
  • trouble concentrating and focusing
  • excessive crying
  • feeling alone
  • feeling like there is no hope
  • thoughts of death or suicide

If you have these depression signs and you want to get help I have listed various organizations below, 

Provided by Healthwise:

Depression Help and Bipolar Support Alliance Phone:

1-800-826-3632 includes a hotline for help with depression and bipolar disorder(312) 642-0049 www.dbsalliance.org. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance publishes brochures, books, and videotapes about the treatment of mood disorders, all available free of charge or for a nominal fee. It also has an information and referral line, and its Web site contains helpful information.

Mental Health America Phone:

1-800-969-NMHA (1-800-969-6642) referral service for depression help(703) 684-7722TDD: 1-800-969-6642 www.mentalhealthamerica.net

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association):

Nonprofit agency devoted to helping people of all ages live mentally healthier lives. Its Web site has information about mental health conditions. It also addresses issues such as grief, stress,  bullying, and more. It includes a confidential depression test for anyone who would like to take it. The short test may help you decide whether your symptoms are related to depression.

National Alliance on Mental Illness:

(NAMI)(1-800-950-6264) hotline for depression help (703) 524-7600, TDD: (703) 516-7227, E-mail: info@nami.orgWeb Address: www.nami.org

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a national self-help and family advocacy organization dedicated solely to improving the lives of people who have severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. NAMI focuses on support, education, advocacy, and research. The mission of the organization is to "eradicate mental illness and improve the quality of life of those affected by these diseases."

National Institute of Mental Health:

(NIMH)1-866-615-6464 toll-free(301) 443-4513 TDD: 1-866-415-8051 toll-free, E-mail: nimhinfo@nih.gov, Web Address: www.nimh.nih.gov

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

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