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Signs of Depression

It is normal for people to feel a little down every once in a while, but when you don’t seem to be able to pull yourself out of it, there may be more of a problem that simply feeling a little blue. Depression is a serious illness, and it should be taken seriously.

Depression can make it nearly impossible to function, or enjoy life. There are ways to beat depression, but you must be able to recognize that you are suffering from depression before you can get help.

Clinical depression is different than just feeling down. When you suffer from clinical depression the feeling is not only overwhelming but also it does not go away. Below are some of the major signs of depression to help you assess if you may be suffering from this illness.

  • Irritability: Those who suffer from depression may find that they are far more easily irritated than what they once were. Things that did not used to annoy you before may get on your nerves now. You are easy to anger and find yourself lashing out at others.
  • Less Energy: You may become fatigued easily and constantly feel like you are drained. Even small tasks seem like they are just too much to tackle.
  • Aches and Pains: You suddenly find that you are having symptoms that include headaches, backache, diarrhea or constipation. Your joins are aching and you may experience stomach pain.
  • Unable to Concentrate: You suddenly may find that you cannot focus on tasks or conversations. You find that you have difficulty completing jobs and are easily forgetful.
  • Change in Sleeping Habits: Depression can cause you to either sleep too much, or you may find that you have trouble sleeping at all.
  • Weight or Appetite Changes: Someone who suffers from depression may either overeat or not eat at all. If there is more than a 5% difference in weight gain or loss in one month this could be a sign of depression.
  • A Feeling of Self-Loathing: You may suddenly find that you feel worthless, that nothing you do seems to turn out.
  • Psychomotor Agitation or Retardation: This symptom can come in the form of feeling very restless or extremely sluggish.
  • No Longer Interested In Normal Activities: People who suffer from depression lose interest in many things that they once enjoyed. They may not care to socialize, indulge in favorite pastimes, and sex no longer holds any interest for them.
  • A Feeling of Hopelessness: There is an intense feeling that life will never get better. Nothing can be done to change the situation and you feel helpless and overwhelmed by these thoughts.
  • Suicidal Thoughts: A person suffering from depression may begin to have thoughts of death and suicide. This is one of the most serious symptoms of depression and should be taken seriously.

Additional signs of depression may include a negative attitude that seems to overshadow everything. Nearly nothing is viewed in a positive light and to the person who suffers from depression, there does not seem to be any prospects of hope and positive outcomes.

If you or someone you know suffers from any of these symptoms, it is important that you seek profession help. You can overcome depression with treatment and begin to feel better again. Talk with a mental health professional about your symptoms and concerns.

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