Depression

depressionYour “mood” is a description of your emotional state of mind. Emotions are fleeting and although they can be intense and seem to last forever in the moment, they actually only last about 45-60 seconds. Moods, however, are an emotional state that is prolonged, sometimes for an hour, sometimes for days or months. Depression is a prolonged period of sadness that lasts continuously for over two weeks. It may be related to the person’s circumstances, but in HD, it is also related to the damage that is occurring in the brain. Most people with HD have periods of depression.

Symptoms of depressed mood:

  • Sadness that won’t go away
  • Lack of interest or pleasure in usual activities
  • No appetite or too much appetite
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Restlessness or inactivity
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, indecisiveness
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, suicide, a plan for committing suicide, or a suicide attempt. (Link to emergency resources and section on suicide)

When these symptoms occur, medical care should be sought, as medications can be very helpful. It may take a few trials of different medications to find the right one, so continue to ask for help, even if you have side effects. There are many choices that range in price from $4/month on up.

Therapy can also have an additive positive effect, especially interpersonal or cognitive behavioral therapy. Please contact HD Reach staff for assistance in finding a therapist who can help you with your adjustment to HD. Not everyone can get to a therapist, so Internet or computer based programs are also available.

  • CLICK HERE    to see a list of crisis center phone numbers for North Carolina counties.
  • Call a national 24/7 crisis hotline:
    1-800-SUICIDE
    1-800-273-TALK