It is important to know the signs so you can seek help for yourself or someone you know.
Depression does not simply mean being unhappy. Depression can be described as persistent and dark feelings that do not go away without treatment. There are a number of signs that you might be struggling with depression. If you find that you relate to a number of these symptoms, it is advised that you speak to your medical provider.
Depression is a type of mood disorder that affects the way one feels and thinks about their life. This is the most common symptom of depression along with feelings of worthlessness, self-hatred, and guilt. People with depression likely experience thoughts such as “what’s the point” or “this was all my fault”.
Loss of Interest
People with depression experience a loss of pleasure in things that used to bring them joy. For example, they may have lost interest in a sport or hobby they used to enjoy or avoid hanging out with friends. Depression makes it difficult for people to gather up the energy to do these types of things. In addition, people with depression may also lose their sex drive.
Increased Fatigue/Sleep Problems
It can be hard to feel joy when you are always tired. Depression can cause people to feel overwhelmingly tired and lack energy. This can lead to excessive sleeping due to insomnia or not being able to get a restful sleep.
Changes in Appetite and Weight
People with depression may have an increased appetite which leads to weight gain or they may have no appetite at all which leads to weight loss.
Suicidal Thoughts or Ideation
People with depression may experience thoughts of suicide or hurting themself. It is important to pay attention to any comments made about suicide or ending one’s life. If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide it is important that you call 911, stay with that person until help arrives, remove any objects that could be used to harm or kill oneself, and not to argue with the person. Here is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number: 800-273-8255.
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