The Basics
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
  • Telltale Signs of Depression

    We all feel sad and miserable at times. These are normal emotions in response to our bad days, struggles, and disappointments in life. However, these feelings are also closely associated with depression. People are sometimes unaware that they are already exhibiting signs of this condition, all the while thinking that their immense sadness is normal.

    But really, there is more to depression than sadness. To shed light on this, the following are the main indicators of depression.

     

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  • Negative Feelings and Bleak Perspective in Life

    The most common indicator of depression is the feeling of sadness. Although sadness is a normal emotion that everyone feels at a certain point, people with depression feel  unusually down and upset for a longer period of time, and these feelings of sorrow and misery remain constant as the days go by.

    Add  to this the feelings of hopelessness and frustration. More often than not, people with depression have a bleak outlook in life. No matter how much they yearn to make things happen, they end up with the negative thinking that things will not get any better and that nothing can be done to improve the situation. They also see themselves as worthless, and  are often found self-loathing — criticizing themselves as guilty for random faults and mistakes.

    Depressed people can really be so sensitive. With just one word, they could get upset, irritated, agitated, or may even become violent and aggressive. Every little thing could get on their nerves and make them lose temper.

     

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  • Difficulty in Thinking and Concentrating

    People who are experiencing depression are often described to be emotionally disturbed and have disorganized thinking. With a lot of things going on in their mind, they usually cannot think straight and always seem so confused and mixed up.

    For this reason, depressed people often have difficulty in focusing their attention and remembering details. They also struggle in decision-making or in thinking of a logical solution to a problem. This bundle of difficulties makes depressed people have a hard time dealing with school or work. It may also make them unable to finish tasks.

     

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  • Physical Symptoms

    Depression makes people feel so exhausted and restless, as if they have ran out of energy. While feeling fatigued, sluggish and physically drained, their whole body may feel so heavy and uncooperative, that even the smallest and simplest tasks may seem stressful and may cause them give up on the tasks.

    People suffering from depression are also said to have abnormal changes in their sleeping behavior. They may experience insomnia (difficulty in sleeping) or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping).

    Along with these come unexplained physical pains such as headaches, muscle aches, stomachache, back pain and cramps that do not go away even after taking medications. Although the link between depression and physical pain might be vague, all of these are most likely brought by stress and anxiety.

     

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  • Uninterested and Changes in Eating Habits

    People who have depression may suddenly lose enthusiasm and passion for the activities they used to do, love, and enjoy. Perhaps, they just lost their interest in everything — even in the most enjoyable hobbies and pleasurable things. They may even lose interest in people and start isolating themselves from others, even their own family.

    There is also a noticeable change in the eating habits and appetite of those who suffer from depression. In most cases, depressed people lose their appetite and have decreased interest in eating, which results to a tremendous weight loss. While for some others, they experience increased cravings for food, which leads to a remarkable weight gain.

     

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  • Recurring Thoughts of Death and Suicide

    Constantly having suicidal urges and thoughts of death is not healthy in any way. Unfortunately, people who suffer from depression are prone to these thoughts. Depressed people have a distorted perception of reality, which causes them to acknowledge only their negative feelings and perspectives. This consequently results to them seeking for an opportunity to escape.

    Suicide, however, should never be considered as an option to escape from one’s problems. Death is an irreversible act, and ending your life will not resolve anything that upsets you. Rather, it will inflict pain to the ones you will leave behind.

     

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  • Learning How to Cope with Depression

    Depression can affect a person in many unimaginable ways. This condition does not only inflict damages on the sufferers’ personal wellbeing but also on their social relationships and work performance. More than the sadness and pessimism that it continues to bring, depression is something that could not be cured with just a pill or two — a long-term solution may be necessary to make it go away for good.

    Do not hesitate to seek professional help from psychologists and psychiatrists once you see constant symptoms of depression in you. But, perhaps, you might want to read this article first: How to Cope with Depression.

     

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