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Throughout our life, there will be times where we feel sad, lonely or even depressed. Like everything else, it’s a natural feeling that we all have and it’s a common reaction when we feel loss, struggle with life, or our self-esteem is low.
That being said, things take a turn for the worse in the event that those feelings become unmanageable. We start to feel actual symptoms that can linger for lengths of time. It’s at this point where you want to go to your doctor who’ll run a test to see if you are suffering from depression.
The reality though is not every person will get to that step. Some won’t even realize they have depression. Some people have just been depressed their entire lives–without an event, or instance to set it off. Worst of all, if left unchecked it can get worse over time.
The good news in all of this is that the symptoms can be spotted if you examine yourself. While a lot of these symptoms are common, their relevance actually stems from how long these symptoms have been going on for, and how many you have. To be diagnosed, or if you think you may be depressed, please visit a physician as soon as you can.
Trouble concentrating, memorizing, or making decisions – We all lose concentration time and again but if you can’t seem to focus on anything at all or even be able to make decisions, it could be a sign. Furthermore, if you have trouble memorizing things from day to day it could be something serious.
Fatigue – Of course we get tired, but there is normally a reason. Whether it’s a high intake of carbs, or it’s simply later in the night, those are natural occurrences of sleep. It could be a sign if you are feeling constantly tired, even after a good nights rest.
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness – Often times these feelings can be detected based on what we say. Saying things like “It’d be better if I weren’t here” or “I’m so worthless.”
General pessimism – There are people who are certainly pessimistic, but if that is your attitude towards everything it might be a problem. Paired up with feelings of guilt, being pessimistic could be putting no effort into changing the situation.
Insomnia, excessive sleeping – Trouble sleeping or sleeping all the time can mean a lot of things. For depression perhaps it’s your own depressing thoughts keeping you up or that you have no reason to get up.
Irritability – Being bothered by everything and wanting to be left alone.
Sudden loss of interest in pleasurable things, including sex – No interest in having sex with your partner or getting back into your hobbies that made you smile and help you relax.
Overeating, or appetite loss – When we are depressed we have a tendency to either eat a lot of “comfort food” or eat nothing at all.
Aches, pains, headaches that won’t go away despite medication – Headaches, aches and pains are things that we deal with on the regular, dealing with them constantly isn’t a regular thing.
Digestive problems that don’t improve, even after treatment – diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and a diminished appetite are some of the symptoms someone will have.
Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiousness, or feeling “empty” – You’ll see this on people based on what they are saying. This might also be shown through body language as well.
Suicidal attempts or thoughts – The biggest one and if you hear someone saying something along the lines of suicide, you should get them to call a professional for help.