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  • Planned System Maintenance

    A planned system maintenance of TriWest’s healthcare management system is scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 p.m. MST until Sunday, Feb. 23 at 5 a.m. MST. There may be intermittent outages during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Identifying Depression

Identifying depressionPeople often say "I'm depressed" when what they are really experiencing is sadness. Clinical depression is more than just feeling blue or down after a bad day at work or during a difficult period of life.

People who are clinically depressed feel down, sad or hopeless all the time, for weeks on end, and can experience the following symptoms:

  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Lack of energy
  • Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, worthlessness, guilt
  • Appetite loss or overeating
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Difficulty thinking clearly, remembering or concentrating well enough to read or watch television

These symptoms can be similar to the experiences associated with grieving the death of a loved one. However, in depression, these feelings arise without such a loss, or they last much longer than the usual cycle of grief.

Depression may occur along with related conditions, such as substance abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or any number of other physical and mental health disorders.