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Depression and Stress

When the stress response fails to shut off and reset after a difficult situation has passed, it can lead to depression.

Stress is good if it motivates you but it's bad if it wears you down. Many factors can contribute to the stress you experience, and this stress can cause changes in your body that affect your overall physical, mental, and emotional health.

Depression is not the blues, sadness or even grief. It is an over-whelming despair so bleak that people who have experienced it say that it is the worst pain they have ever endured. Depression is more serious and long-lasting than stress, and requires a different kind of help. Depression is a treatable mental illness.

While there have been changes in people’s attitudes, the stigma associated with mental illnesses has meant that many people with depression never seek treatment. The good news is that depression is a highly treatable condition. However, it's not something you can snap out of by yourself, so it's important to get help.

Here are common signs of stress and depression. Which fits you best?

Common Signs of Stress

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Problems with memory
  • Problems concentrating
  • Change in eating habits
  • Have gained or lost weight
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Feeling angry, irritable or easily frustrated
  • Be extremely sad or very bad tempered - or both
  • Feeling that you can't overcome difficulties in your life
  • Trouble functioning in your personal life

Common Signs of Depression

  • Withdrawing from other people
  • Feeling sad and hopeless
  • Lack of energy, enthusiasm and motivation
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Being restless, agitated and irritable
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble with memory
  • Feeling bad about yourself or feeling guilty
  • Anger and rage
  • Feeling that you can't overcome difficulties in your life. Negative, anxious, trapped, unable to act
  • Trouble functioning in your personal life
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Unexplained aches and pains