Depression increases the risk of chronic ailments, including heart disease. It can also affect your child: Moms suffering from depression are less likely to praise their kids or be involved in their lives, according to a 15-year study by Dr. Beardslee.
Talk to your doctor if you've been unusually fatigued or have had any of the following symptoms for two weeks or more:
- increase or decrease in appetite, with weight gain or loss of ten pounds or more
- a change in your sleeping pattern
- agitation or sluggishness
- feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
- inability to make decisions
The encouraging news: Depression is highly treatable. A combination of therapy and medication is successful in 70 to 80 percent of patients.