Let me say at the outset – depression is nothing to be ashamed of or to feel guilty about. It afflicts millions of people. For most of us it is a mild form that causes no long term problems but, for millions of other people, it can be a chemical imbalance or a mental dysfunction that can have dire consequences. How can you know the difference?
How can you know when someone is suffering from depression or a manic disorder?
You may not realize that each and every kind of symptom of depression are actually not hidden or mysterious. They are plain to see if one knows what to look for. At the same time it is actually quite easy to overlook such symptoms and not be able to help yourself or others who are suffering from depression. One can be “too close to the forest to see the trees,” so to speak.
There are actually many symptoms of depression. Some are not seen or felt every single day which makes them more difficult to identify. Also, since symptoms of depression actually vary, the time of their “attacks” varies as well.
Here are 10 of the most common symptoms of depression:
1) Prolonged period of sadness or not feeling “up to it”. This is always that feeling of “not in the mood”. This person would rather mope around the house and feel sorry for themselves.
2) A feeling of hopelessness, perennial pessimism, speaking of feeling sorry for one’s self. This is coupled with actually feeling like he/she has nothing to look forward to in his or her life. As for being the perennial pessimist, those who show this symptom of depression are usually very negative about things, again, the feeling of hopelessness comes in to mind.
3) Guilt-driven and loss of self-worth. Feeling overwhelming guilt over something can actually make you very sad and make you feel like you do not deserve to be happy. Thus, the loss of self-worth. If you feel you are not worthy of being happy or enjoying yourself, that’s a clear tell-tale symptom of depression. Add to this a feeling that things simply will not go your way reinforces a feeling of being a victim of circumstances.
4) Has lost taking pleasure in simple things in life, a spirit of adventure, or hobbies, anything one used to enjoy doing. This is especially true when you begin shunning activities that involve family or friends and become reclusive.
5) Fatigue, always feeling tired or run down physically or mentally. People suffering from depression, having lost whatever interest in life that they may have had before are actually depleted of physical energy. Moping around, not eating properly, not getting enough restful sleep, all lead a depressed person on a path to not just a mental illness but to physical illness as well.
6) Having trouble concentrating, having bad memory and is indecisive. A person who is suffering from depression easily gives away this tell-tale symptom of depression. Wherein one’s lack of interest in the outside world, or in just about anything for that matter, can lead to an inability to keep track of things, not be able to remember things that happened, or recent conversations. Lack of interest actually makes depressed people very inattentive and their living quarters quite disorganized and messy.
7) Sleep and eating disorders: Lacking enough sleep, sleeping too much, waking up at wee hours of the morning, appetite loss or eating too much. Watch for sudden weight loss or weight gain.
8) Being suicidal, talking about death, about wanting to die, are clear indications of depression.
9) Being restless and irritable, physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive disorders, and various body pains.
10) Finally, and perhaps the most common warning sign that takes in the 9 already mentioned is when those people closest to you continually ask – “Are you O.K.?”. This means they see behavior that you are not seeing because you are “too close to the forest to see the trees.”
If you have serious depression, call your physician and make an appointment soon! If you know someone who is seriously depressed, please forward this article to them today.
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