(HealthDay News) -- Everyone has days when they feel stressed, down or just a little blue. But clinical depression lasts more than just a few days or weeks, and makes it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as paying bills, going to work, or even getting out of bed.
According to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, symptoms of depression include a significant change in mood or apathetic attitude, difficulty enjoying or showing an interest in life, and difficulty concentrating and making decisions. Fatigue, significant changes in weight or eating habits, sleeping too much or not enough, and suicidal thoughts are also signs of depression.
The school's Counseling Center recommends lifestyle changes that can improve your mental health, such as avoiding drugs and alcohol, maintaining a healthy diet, and starting an exercise regimen. Also, be sure to keep a proper sleep schedule and a manageable work schedule, and talk to friends and family about your concerns and experiences.
If you think you may be depressed, talk to your doctor, who may prescribe medication, psychological therapy, or a combination of treatments.