10 signs of depression
Depression is a real but often misunderstood mental illness. It can be treated with talk therapy, psychotherapeutic intervention and if needed with medication. Sometimes you may think that you or a loved one may have clinical depression but are not quite sure what sets it apart from someone who just feels down on from time to time.
Feeling down, not loved or hopeless is sometimes a normal part of the human experience. There is nothing wrong with you feeling this way from time to time, especially if it is a reaction to special events in your life – such as a death in the family, a breakup, a bad grade at work or losing a promotion. the job. These events can sometimes still be the trigger for depression.
However, depression often occurs for no reason at all, when one is just living one’s life, doing nothing special, and suddenly having difficulty or failing to function. Nothing seems to matter. The black hole they are in is only getting bigger and bigger every day, and there is nothing they can do to stop it.
Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms, some many. The severity of symptoms varies in severity and can vary over time.
10 signs of depression
Here are ten common signs of clinical depression:
- Persistently sad, anxious or «empty» mood.
- Feelings of inner tension, hopelessness or pessimism.
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness.
- Loss of interest or joy in hobbies and activities that once gave joy.
- Reduced energy, fatigue, lack of initiative and/or weakened emotional reactions.
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
- Insomnia, early awakening or disturbed or reduced night’s sleep.
- Impaired appetite and/or weight loss.
- Depressive thought content, for example about death or suicide or actual suicide attempts.
- Restlessness, irritability, resignation and/or withdrawal.
Some people may also experience certain persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain / psychosomatic pain.
A person suffering from a severe depressive disorder (sometimes also referred to as clinical depression or major depression) must have depressive symptoms, low mood, and loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities for at least a 2 week period. This change in mood must represent a clear change from the person’s normal mood.
Clinical depression affects all aspects of a person’s life, without the person’s guilt. Depression can feel like hopelessness without end, and like pain without relief.
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