Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Depression: Common Signs & Symptoms

Depression is a serious medical illness; it’s not something that you make up in your head. It’s more than just feeling "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. The symptoms of depression are much more severe and debilitating. Depression is characterized by feeling "down" and "low" and "hopeless" for weeks at a time. Many factors can contribute to the onset of depression, including the presence of other physical disorders, stress, poor nutrition, physical illness, personal loss and relationship difficulties. Depression isn’t always easy to detect, and people with depressive conditions do not all experience the same symptoms. It may be expressed through lack of appetite or overeating; insomnia or an unnatural desire to sleep; the abuse of drugs and alcohol; sexual promiscuity; or hostile, aggressive, or risk-taking behavior.

* Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
* Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
* Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
* Irritability, restlessness
* Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
* Fatigue and decreased energy
* Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
* Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
* Overeating, or appetite loss
* Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
* Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

4 comments:

  1. What an awesome post. I just had a conversation with my husband 2 days ago trying to make him understand how depression is not about someone having a bad day...

    Thanks for this.
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  4. As a Social Worker and a mother living with an incurable illness (Cystic Fibrosis), I love that you posted this. Too many people think emotion equals weakness.
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    Thanks!

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