Untreated depression can lead to risky behaviors such as alcohol and drug abuse that contribute to poor overall health. To find out if you might be at risk for this serious medical illness, ask yourself these questions:
- Over the past few weeks, did you take pleasure in doing things?
- Have you been feeling down or hopeless?
If you've experienced these feelings the majority of the time, there's a 75% chance you have a depressive disorder and a 38% of having a major depressive disorder.
If you think you might be depressed, seek help from your doctor or a mental health professional.