Written by: Jennifer Becker, LMHC
Have you heard of the "blue funk"? Maybe you, or someone you know, appears to be "down" a lot, spending less time with others, feels as if they're going through the motions, and seems tired much of th
e time. You may think, "They're just in a funk right now." The "blue funk" is better known as depression, and it is a reality for 1 in 4 adults in the United States. It is estimated that depression costs America's workplaces 30-50 billion dollars in lost productivity each year.
10-15 years ago, depression was a taboo topic that would not have been talked about. Now that depression's media time has increased, it's time we all learn to recognize some of the major symptoms without the hype to keep ourselves and those around us aware of this very common disorder. Some symptoms of depression include:
- Depressed mood most of the day, nearly every day, for at least 2-weeks
- Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in activities
- Changes in appetite, sleeping patterns, or level of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or excessive, inappropriate guilt
- Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness
- Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), and/or suicidal ideation/suicide attempts
For more information on depression, Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, offers courses in Mental Health First Aid to the public in order to provide education about depression symptoms (among other disorders and their symptoms) and appropriate interventions. Think about it, the "blue funk" is not something we want sticking around!