Ask the Experts- November 2018

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: November 19, 2018

Dear Red Hot Mamas

I’ve been a fan or yours for many years.  And, I’ve finally built up the courage to write to you about a concern of mine. I sometimes feel exceptionally blue and sad for no reason at all.  I have a loving husband and my children are off to college and doing fine.  Can you please tell me if this is normal or not? Thank you.


Dear Ronnie-

It’s not unusual to feel sad at times.  However, if you find your sadness interfering with your daily life then this may be a sign of depression.

Listed below are some of the symptoms of major depression.  If you have some of these symptoms, you should speak to your doctor.

  • Low mood
  • Diminished interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Inability to sleep or increased sleepiness
  • Loss of energy
  • Poor concentration
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
The following are risk factors which may increase your chance of developing major depression:
  • A family history of depression
  • Prior episodes of depression
  • Recent stressful life events
  • History of sexual abuse
  • History of childhood abuse
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Relationship stress
  • Parenting stress
There are various types of depression.  And, women are twice as likely as men to develop depression. It’s important for you to discuss this issue with your doctor.  Your doctor will do a thorough examination and will be able to diagnose whether you have depression or not. There are highly effective treatment options available if you seek help.