The symptoms of depression can be complex and vary widely among people. But as a general rule, if you are depressed, you feel sad, desperate and lose interest in the things you used to enjoy.
Symptoms persist for weeks or months and are severe enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.
There are many other symptoms of depression and you are unlikely to have all of those listed below.
Psychological symptoms of depression include:
Low continuous mood or sadness
feeling desperate and helpless
have low self-esteem
feeling irritable and intolerant of others
have no motivation or interest in things
finding difficult to make decisions
not get any enjoyment of life
feeling anxious or worried
Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming oneself.
Physical symptoms of depression include:
move or talk more slowly than usual
changes in appetite or weight (usually decreased, but sometimes increased)
unexplained aches and pains
lack of energy
low sex drive (loss of libido)
changes in your menstrual cycle
disturbed sleep, for example, that you find it difficult to fall asleep at night or wake up very early in the morning
Social symptoms of depression include:
not doing well at work
Avoid contact with friends and participate in fewer social activities.
neglect your hobbies and interests
having difficulties in your home and family life
Gravity of depression
Depression can often appear gradually, so it can be difficult to notice that something is wrong. Many people try to cope with their symptoms without realizing that they are not well. Sometimes it can take a friend or relative to suggest that something is wrong.
Doctors describe depression according to its severity:
mild depression: has an impact on your daily life
moderate depression: it has a significant impact on your daily life
severe depression: it makes it almost impossible to spend daily life; Some people with severe depression may have psychotic symptoms.
Penalty and depression
It can be difficult to distinguish between grief and depression. They share many of the same characteristics, but there are important differences between them.
Grief is a completely natural response to a loss, while depression is a disease.
People who grieve find that their feelings of sadness and loss come and go, but they can still enjoy things and look to the future.
In contrast, people who are depressed constantly feel sad. They enjoy nothing and find it difficult to be positive about the future.
Read more about how to deal with pain and grief.
Other types of depression
There are different types of depression and some conditions in which depression can be one of the symptoms. These include:
postnatal depression: some women develop depression after having a baby; This is known as postnatal depression and is treated similarly to other types of depression, with speech therapies and antidepressant medications.
bipolar disorder: also known as "manic depression", in bipolar disorder there are episodes of depression and excessively high mood (mania); The symptoms of depression are similar to those of clinical depression, but episodes of mania can include harmful behaviors, such as gambling, revelry and unsafe sex.
seasonal affective disorder (SAD): also known as "winter depression", SAD is a type of depression with a seasonal pattern usually related to winter
Read more about the diagnosis of depression.
When to seek help
Consult your GP if you experience symptoms of depression for most of the day, every day, for more than 2 weeks.
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