While many people suffer from depression, many of the people who do, don’t realize it. As many as 12 million Americans may suffer from a lower-form of depression, and there are some signs and symptoms of depression that can help you figure out if you’re among them.
Low-grade depression isn’t the same as clinical depression, and you won’t get clinical depression treatment.
If you are struggling to enjoy little things in life you used to enjoy and feel routinely exhausted or de-energized, then you may be suffering from a low-grade depression.
There are some things you can do if you’re suffering from low-grade depression. Exercising, getting more sleep, and eating healthier are just some of the ways that you can help yourself.
People we spoke to want to see everyone more aware and alert for signs of depression and recognize that it can affect individuals differently.
“Depression is just something that needs to be better understood. It’s a very wide spectrum as far as symptoms [and] causes. You have everything down from the micro level down to the individual person. Each person suffers different symptoms and different causes. So it’s different for each person and that’s why it’s so hard to understand,” said Jack Lake, a Mon County resident.
Others simply say it’s better to be on the lookout for these depression symptoms before it turns into something worse.
“Depression tends to lead to suicide and all these other health issues like heart disease and things like that. It would be better if you notify people about it so you can fix the problem in advance,” Melissa Hughart told 5 News.
Some research shows that 75% of cases of low-grade depression can turn into clinical depression, so make sure you stay on the lookout for depression signs.