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Compass B al an ce
Summer is supposed to be light and fun, but for those suffering from a mood disorder like depression, it can
feel as bleak as a grey, snowy winter day. But how do you distinguish going through a rough patch from true
depression? Here are 10 signs that a down mood requires some attention.
TIPS BY DR. CHRISTOPHER L A RICHE, MD
3. You’ve been feeling down,
tearful, emotional or just low
every day for at least 2 weeks.
The inability to experience
pleasure is an important hint
that there may be a mood
You start to sleep less — or
noticeably more. Insomnia
happens nearly every day.
6. You have a loss of energy that goes
beyond the normal “I’m beat” —
there’s a marked decrease in what
you’re able to do during the day.
You can’t concentrate on
things that weren’t a problem
before. You need to take
notes in a meeting because
you’re hopelessly distracted.
Your reading comprehension
plummets. You can’t make a
decision for the life of you.
Recurrent feelings of
worthlessness, low self-esteem
or excessive guilt could yield a
recipe for depression.
Doubting yourself and decisions
you’ve made or are making.
Recurrent thoughts about death,
suicide, plans for death, wills and
If depression runs in your family,
you may be genetically prone to a
You had a childhood filled
with traumas from abuse
to neglect. These issues can
rear their head in adulthood
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Christopher La Tourette La Riche, MD, is the Medical Director at Lucida Treatment
Center. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County, Lucida Treatment Center
combines comfort with sophisticated, evidence-based treatment for addiction and mental
health issues; LucidaTreatmentCenter.com.