What are some symptoms of depression?
Depression is a serious mental illness that is deep-rooted in the brain. Biological, social and psychological factors all play a role in its development. Some signs can easily be detected by peers and family, but some may be hard to detect, because those with depression may often refrain from seeking help.
Signs of depressions vary on an individual basis. Some common symptoms include:
- Feelings of sadness: One of the most common symptoms of depression is the constant state of sadness and despair
- Disturbances in sleep patterns: This can appear in different way, including problems with falling asleep or oversleeping. The lack of motivation to get out of bed is very common with depression and can manifest with feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities: Persistent feelings of sadness can lead to someone becoming less interested in daily activities they once found enjoyable like spending time with loved ones, hobbies or even sex
- Drastic changes in appetite: Some people who are depressed may overeat, while others may have little to no appetite at all
- Trouble concentrating: Those with depression often find it hard to focus on anything. Their minds are racing with negativity and pessimistic thinking and this can lead to poor work performance and keeping their life organized
- Suicidal ideation: Chronic depression can sometimes lead to persistent thoughts of committing suicide. These feelings of sadness and hopelessness can be overwhelming for some to point where living with these feelings appears more unpleasant than the thought of dying. This can sometimes be circumstantial and be triggered by a traumatic event or serious illness
- Excessive fatigue: Lacking energy is common with depression. It can stem from a lack of motivation and enthusiasm for life
- Irritability: Feelings of restlessness and anxiety can follow with other symptoms
- Feelings of guilt and worthlessness: People with depression may feel like they give little or no value and may even feel guilty for certain factors that they have no control over
- Unexplainable physical pains: Depressed people’s moods often link to physical ailments. This can show up as digestive problems, cramps and headaches
- Substance abuse: Some turn to abusing alcohol or drugs to cope with their feelings of sadness and will anything to shut their mind off
Depression is a very lonely condition which leaves millions in despair and feeling alone, misunderstood or trapped as if there is no way out. If you notice someone showing signs of depression, it is important that they take action and find treatment as soon as possible before the condition worsens. If left untreated, severe depression can negatively affect every aspect of a person’s life, leaving them feeling empty and alone.