Symptoms of Depression
Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary depending on the individual. However, the more symptoms are exhibited, the stronger the symptoms are, and if the symptoms are longer lasting—the more likely it is that an individual is dealing with depression.
If you are suffering with some of the following symptoms and they are persistent, you may be suffering from clinical depression. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. When these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling, that’s when it’s time to seek help for depression.
Symptoms of depression include:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness, even aggression
- Loss of interest in daily activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased or loss of energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Easy tasks now feel difficult
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping (hypersomnia)
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Unexplained aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
- Consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behavior
References: Helpguide.org, Nimh.nih.gov
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