When the blues won't go away

Unmanaged stress can lead to depression. If you are experiencing several of the symptoms listed below over an extended period of time, it might be wise to get a professional evaluation from a mental health expert.


• Feelings of sadness

• Inability to feel pleasure

• Loss of interest in sex

• Overeating or loss of appetite

• Insomnia

• Feeling worthless, hopeless

• Restlessness, irritability

• Fatigue, lethargy

• Inability to concentrate or make decisions

• Weeping for no apparent reason

• Unexplained aches and pains

• Thoughts of death and suicide

• Alcohol or other drug abuse

Where to look for help

Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Downstate Mental Hygiene Associates • Department of Psychiatry

(718) 287-4806

National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association

(800) 826-3632

The Samaritans Hotline

(212) 673-3000