December 4, 2023

Depressive Episodes

Depressive episodes are a period in one’s life which includes symptoms of depression like

  • feeling sad, hopeless, or helpless
  • feeling guilty or worthless
  • irritability or frustration
  • low energy
  • loss of interest in things once enjoyed
  • trouble concentrating or remembering
  • changes in sleep patterns
  • loss of interest in living, thoughts of death or suicide, or attempting suicide

Can be classified as a depressive episode. These episodes can be triggered by loss, illness, lifestyle habits, and substance use. These episodes could last weeks or even months. People can experience one or several episodes of depression in their lifetime. These episodes may also vary from mild to severe symptoms. When in an episode its important to practice self care, record positives, and get help if needed. SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service that you can contact at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).