Symptoms of Depression

Symptoms of depression

Depression symptoms can heavily affect the way a person functions. It’s easy to think that a person is simply tired, stressed out or just irritable without further investigation. Symptoms can range from the minute subtleties of oversleeping to drastic mood changes, triggered or not. Either way, depression can be a genetic illness passed down from generation to generation that is caused by a chemical imbalance, but it is treatable. Depending on the person, symptoms will look different on each person and treatment should be personalized to each individual.

Depression’s Key Symptoms

Depression is not a one dimensional illness that simply affects one aspect of a person’s makeup. Instead depression affects the ways in which we can think, feel (both emotionally and physically) and behave. Many people will go their whole lives never fully understanding what’s “wrong” with them or believe that life’s joys are simply mundane due to how they feel about their current circumstances. Being aware of the changes in one’s life can diagnose the illness of depression and help one to get back to life as it should be. Therefore, being aware of the symptoms of depression will help to prevent a further spiraling down of one’s life.

Changes in Thinking

  • Concentration and decision making difficulties
  • Possible short term memory loss or forgetting things frequently
  • Negative attitude and thinking patterns
  • Self-critical
  • Excessive guilt
  • Pessimism
  • Poor self esteem
  • Self-destructive (bouts of serious depression)

Changes in Feelings

  • Feeling sad for no reason at all
  • No interest in formerly-enjoyed activities
  • Lack of motivation
  • Apathetic
  • Feeling “slowed down” and tired all the time
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty controlling your temper
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness (bouts of serious depression)

Changes in Behavior

  • Not comfortable with other people, social withdrawal
  • Dramatic change in appetite, either eating more or less
  • Excessive crying
  • Complaining about everything
  • Temper outbursts due to anger
  • Lack of sexual desire, resulting in lack of sexual activity
  • Neglect of personal appearance or basic hygiene
  • Lack of work productivity and household responsibilities
  • Trouble getting out of bed

Changes in Physical Well-being

  • Chronic fatigue, despite spending more time sleeping
  • Can’t sleep, or lack of sleeping soundly
  • Loss of appetite, feel slowed down
  • Complaining about aches and pains
  • Restless, can’t sit still

Symptoms can last for weeks, months, or for some that have gone unchecked, years. Depression is a likely diagnosis if these symptoms are present for at least several weeks. There may be lack of motivation to do anything about the symptoms; however, seeing a psychologist can help to discern whether depression is the issue or simply stress and/or sadness. Either way, getting back your life will allow you to enjoy its pleasures.

Depression Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to talk with you about your condition and how it can be treated. Recovery is within reach. Call us today.

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