DepressionSymptoms 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

Effects of Depression

Effects of Depression

What are some Depression Effects?

Most of us have either experienced depression or have been affected by someone else who is struggling with it.  We know it’s lonely and hard for the person experiencing it as well as for those impacted by the depression.  It’s also somewhat common knowledge that being depressed wears out certain parts of our body.  These effects may vary depending on age, gender and other factors, however, 8 key effects of depression have been cited by healblog.net. The information on each of these effects of depression is listed below:

Insomnia: Insomnia is the inability to sleep. At times, the regular pattern of sleep is broken frequently with the person waking up and feeling restless in the middle of the sleep. Most often, people tend to wake up early and are not able to go back to sleep

Weight fluctuations: Sometimes the person begins to forego food, resulting in weight loss.  Or, he or she may begin to overeat or do less physical activity, resulting in weight gain.

Physical symptoms: Some physical symptoms associated with depression include fatigue, headache, digestive related problems, and body ache.

Depression affects people according to their ages Children who are depressed may feel insecure, demanding, and irritable while older people have been known to develop physical disorders like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Thyroid Disease:  Thyroid patients have higher cases of depression than those without the disease.  Thyroid disease symptoms include: muscle and joint pain, neck discomfort, hair/skin changes, bowel problems, menstrual irregularities/fertility problems, cholesterol issues, weight change, fatigue.

Increased DHEA levels: With increased DHEA levels, the adrenal glands can break down, causing cortisol levels to increase. These higher levels of cortisol in the blood can cause people to worry more and feel more anxious.

Decline in libido: Depression can cause a dip in libido as well as sexual problems like decreased potency, premature ejaculation and lack of vaginal lubrication.

Heart related problems and blood pressure: Depression can worsen and increase the risk of coronary heart disease. It is also a leading cause of stroke and high blood pressure. The leading cause of heart disease is documented to be stress and depression.  The relationship between depression and heart disease has not yet been well understood but it has been shown that an agitated mindset or a depressed mood can be the cause of blood pressure related and heart problems.

If you are experiencing these effects of depression, consult with your doctor or call Turning Point Centers at #1-888-576-HEAL (4325) to find a solution for improving your moods and your quality of life…..loving help is available!!

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