Signs and Symptoms of Depression
Do you experience the signs and symptoms of depression? Certainly most of us feel sad, lonely, or depressed at different times. And becoming temporarily despondent is really a valid and typical emotional response to loss, life’s problems, or a damaged self-esteem. But if these emotions become overwhelming and continue for a long time, they will prevent you from leading a normal, active life. This is when you need to know and understand the signs and symptoms of depression.
The subject of depression is far too large and complicated to be covered completely in this very short piece. Instead, this piece is aimed at alerting the reader to some of the more common signs and symptoms of depression so they might be motivated to seek qualified help.
Most Common Signs and Symptoms of depression
As put forth by the National Institute of Mental Health, the most common signs and symptoms of depression frequently include the following:
- Difficulties concentrating, remembering particulars, and making decisions
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Feelings of shame, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
- Thoughts of hopelessness and/or pessimism
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or, conversely, sleeping too much
- Being easily annoyed, restlessness
- Loss of desire for activities or interests once pleasant, as well as sex
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Persistent pains or aches, headaches, cramping, or digestive system troubles which do not lessen despite treatment
- Constant sad, troubled, or “empty” feelings
- Ideas about committing suicide, or actual suicide attempts
If not treated, these signs and symptoms of depression could easily become much worse and persist for quite a long time. Untreated, they can easily bring about untold suffering and even trigger suicide attempts.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression is frequently the greatest barrier to the diagnosis and treatment of clinical or major depression. Sadly, approximately half the people that experience symptoms are never clinically diagnosed or treated for their illness.
Now that you know the most common signs and symptoms of depression to look for don’t hesitate to schedule a visit to your healthcare professional should one or more of these danger signs be present in your life, or in the life of a loved one.
Depression is not a life sentence and can be treated successfully. But you must ask for that help when you become aware you need it.