Feeling Depressed or Is It Depression?

Most people experience sad, lonely, or depressed at times in life.

Quick Facts About Depression

Did you know that 1 in 4 people deal with depression at some point in life? Suicide is the number 2 killer in young people between the ages of 10 and 30 years old. If you or someone you know is dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide the Dereray Smith Foundation is here to help.

Feeling Depressed

Feeling depressed is a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or injured self-esteem. But when these feelings become overwhelming, cause physical symptoms, and last for long periods of time, they can keep you from leading a normal, active life.

When it's time to seek professional help

Your regular doctor or a professional counselor is a good place to start. They can test you for depression and help manage your symptoms. If your depression goes untreated, it may get worse and last for months, even years. It can cause pain and possibly lead to suicide, as it does for about 1 of every 10 people with depression.


Recognizing the symptoms is key. Unfortunately, about half the people who have depression never get it diagnosed or treated.

Depression Check List

They can include:

    Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions.
    Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
    Pessimism and hopelessness.
    Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much.
    Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, including sex.
    Overeating, or appetite loss.
    Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won't go away.
    Digestive problems that don't get better, even with treatment.
    Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings.
    Suicidal thoughts or attempts.


There isn't a "depression test" a doctor can use to see if you have it, so figuring that out often starts with a thorough history and physical exam.

Your doctor will want to know:

  • When your symptoms started
  • How long they've lasted
  • How severe they are
  • If depression or other mental illnesses run in your family
  • If you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse


If your doctor rules out a physical cause for your symptoms, he may start you on a treatment or refer you to a mental health professional. This specialist will figure out the best course of treatment. 

Are There Warning Signs of Suicide With Depression?

Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Suicidal thoughts or intentions are serious. Warning signs include:

  • A sudden switch from sadness to extreme calmness, or appearing to be happy
  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Clinical depression¬†(deep sadness, loss of interest,¬†trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
  • Taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, like tying up loose ends or changing a will
  • Saying things like "It would be better if I weren't here" or "I want out"
  • Talking about suicide
  • Visiting or calling close friends and loved ones

If you or someone you know shows any of the above warning signs, call your local suicide hotline, contact a mental health professional right away, or go to the emergency room.

The Cost of Depression

The average first consultation average $175.00 and each regular session is $135.00 the average amount of sessions averages about sessions for the average person but for people who need extended could be as much as 24 sessions. that's $3,415 dollars per person.

Please consider donating to the Deseray Smith Foundation to help those in need with the cost of treatment.

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The Deseray Smith Foundation can help with referrals and treatment costs. Reach out to us today if you need help.