“Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. It causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.”
Common Symptoms of Depression
- Feeling sad or down
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Changes in appetite
- Trouble sleeping or over sleeping
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Agitation or slowed movements or speech
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
As with many illnesses, depression can look different for everyone. Apart from the common symptoms of depression listed above, there are a few others to consider.
5 Things You Didn’t Were Depression
Maybe you find yourself being irritated by the simplest of things. The people around describe you as grumpy and angry at the world. This may be a sign that you have depression. Before signing yourself up for anger management class, consider seeking professional counsel to find the root cause of your frequent bouts of irritation.
Unexplained aches, pains or frequent colds
Another possible sign of depression is body aches that have no explanation. You constantly feel twinges in the body even though you know you didn’t injure yourself. You seem to catch the cold every time flu season comes around. Chronic pain can be a sign of depression manifested physically. Since depression can comprise your immune health, you are also more susceptible to illnesses.
Difficulty concentrating and remembering
Trouble concentrating and forgetfulness are signs of depression. Your mind is probably overwhelmed with negative thoughts and feelings making it hard to focus. You may find yourself loss frequently loss in thought. As a result you have difficulty focusing on other things or remembering stuff.
Feeling tired or restless
Having little to no energy is another sign of depression. You may find yourself lacking the energy and motivation to get off the bed on morning. Or you may be so mentally agitated that you cannot relax.
Feeling numb or like your faking it
Another sign of depression is feeling like an imposter. Sometimes you put on a brave face to the world. You go about your days normally but on the inside you feel like your not yourself. It feels like you are living a fake life. You can’t work up the energy to really feel anything. Everything just feels empty and you feel detached from the world.
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