Karyn Ellis, M.A., L.M.H.C.

Recognizing Depression

Depression can hit anyone. No one is free from its grasps. It is estimated that about 50 million people a year are diagnosed with depression. That number strictly counts those who have sought help and not those suffering in silence.

Signs of Depression

Generally, Depression is a loss of interest in one’s usual activities or routine and a gloomy or “flat affect.” Other characteristics include:

Fight it

If you are depressed there are things you can do:

A history of mental illness, substance abuse or trauma increase the chances of suicide. Keep in mind that depression is different for everyone.


Along with depression be aware of signs or feelings of suicide. Eight out of every ten suicidal people show some kind of warning sign: