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How Do I know if I’m depressed? Almost 20 million Americans experience depression yearly. Only 62% of people are receiving help. Those numbers grow as we are more isolated during COVID and our normal coping strategies are taken away, such as going to the gym, meeting with friends or getting some time away. It can interfere in our daily functioning, damage our relationships and lead to suicidal thoughts. According to the World Health Organization 800,000 people dies annually from Suicide and it is the 2nd leading cause of death between 15 – 29 year olds. It is estimated that for every completed suicides there are 25 attempted suicides. If you or a loved one have at least 3 of the following symptoms, you might have a form of depression: Loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities. Insomnia or sleeping too much. Isolation Irritability Loss of appetite Overeating Self-loathing Feeling that you have let people down. Difficulty concentrating Risky or Reckless behaviors Feelings of Hopelessness or despair Wishing you were dead or thoughts of suicide. If you suspect that you are suffering from depression, you are not alone. Please reach out to us for help. I can help you to realize that no matter how hopeless things feel at the moment, feelings are not permanent. We can work together on a Safety plan that will help you better cope when you feel hopeless, and to know when you need more help. If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Suicide Prevention Lifeline The Crisis Text Line: TEXT HOME TO 741741.