Episode 43: In Bed, by host, Laura Milkins. Our guest, Carol Hodson, tells the story of her depression and bipolar. And how her mother’s experience of bipolar and depression has helped her understand her own diagnosis. Sunday, November 20, 2016
5 Signs of Common Mental Health Conditions
- Appetite. “In clinical depression you lose your appetite completely, and you stop eating, or you eat very little,” says Dr. RachBeisel.
- Sleep. When clinical depression sets in, you may have consistent, severe insomnia and be unable to sleep well almost every night.
- Concentration. “Someone might find themselves unable to maintain focus on simple activities like watching a TV program or reading a newspaper article,” says RachBeisel. You may not be able to focus on a recipe for dinner or tasks at work.
- Energy level. “With severe clinical depression your energy is so low you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning or carrying through your basic activities of daily living. People find themselves lying in bed and staying in pajamas all day long,” RachBeisel explains.
- Interest in activities that one would normally enjoy. This may mean that you no longer care about shaving or styling your hair, for example, or about bigger issues, like caring for your children.