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Symptoms Of Depression: When To Get Help

Symptoms Of Depression: When To Get Help

Sadness, loneliness, and occasional depression are experienced by everyone at some point in their lives. Feeling sad or depressed can occur as a result of a break-up, work stress, financial problems, general struggles of life and is a normal reaction to grief and loss. These feelings come and go, and typically, there is a source or reason for the depression that we can identify. Conversely, when a low mood and certain accompanying symptoms become the norm, and last for more than two weeks, it may be indicative of clinical depression.

A diagnosis of depression requires that there be several persistent symptoms along with a low mood that are present for at least two weeks. Not everyone will experience every symptom; some may have a few, while others will have many. The symptoms can be severe or mild and can vary based on the stage of depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression include

Feeling sad, empty, or anxious

Ongoing aches and pains, digestive problems, and headaches that don’t ease with treatment and have no known cause

Appetite loss or eating too much, including a 5% bodyweight loss or gain over a month’s time

Suicide attempts or thoughts of suicide

Anger, irritability, short temperedness and everything and everyone getting on your nerves

Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, even sex

Restlessness and irritability

Insomnia or excessive sleeping

Feelings of pessimism and hopelessness

Feelings of helplessness, worthlessness, or guilt

Fatigue and significant loss of energy

Restlessness and restless behavior such as the inability to sit still

Problems concentrating, making decisions, or remembering details

If you suspect that you have depression, it is time to seek medical help. Depression is certainly treatable and doctors have various options at their disposal. If left untreated, depression may get worse, and can last for several months or years to cause major suffering, a reduced quality of life, and may even lead to suicide. More than 10% of people with depression commit suicide.

There are various mental health screenings to diagnose depression and the type of depression you may have. Typically, depression is treated with psychotherapy or antidepressant medications and often both avenues may need to be utilized for successful treatment outcomes.

If you suspect you have depression, don’t wait, see your doctor today!