Do you have feelings of sadness, hopelessness, pessimism, guilt? Do you feel low emotionally, have a general loss of interest in things you used to enjoy? Is your energy low, sleep disturbed, appetite reduced? Are you just going through the motions of life? If so, you may be suffering from depression.
Many with chronic illness and disability exhibit signs of depression. It is only natural when your life is limited and you cannot do all that you wish you could. We know how it feels because we have all dealt with depression at one time or another. We hope that our thoughts and experiences, tips and strategies for living with depression are helpful to you.
Please don't just take our word for it though, depression is a very treatable disease; there are medications and therapies that can have you feeling better soon. And remember, sometimes the medications prescribed for your illness may cause depression. So if you or someone you love has any of the symptoms listed above, or you feel suicidal, tell your doctor right away!
"The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else." ~ Arnold Bennett