22 Nov Recognizing Depression Symptoms: 8 Warning Signs
Signs of Depression
Written by the Healthline Editorial Team | Published on July 31, 2015
Medically Reviewed by George T. Krucik, MD, MBA on July 31, 2015
The symptoms of this complex disorder can be difficult to recognize. Know how to tell the difference between a bad day and something more serious.
Could It Be Depression?
Being unhappy isn’t the same as being depressed. Depression is a term often used loosely to describe how we feel after a bad week at work or when we get dumped. But major depressive disorder — a type of depression — is much more complicated. There are specific symptoms and signs that determine whether it’s depression or just a case of the Mondays.
Determining if persistent, unshakable feelings are a result of depression can start the process of healing and recovery life. Read through these warning signs and test yourself to see if it’s time to see a professional.
Major depression is a mood disorder that affects the way you feel about life in general. Having a hopeless or helpless outlook on your life is the most commonly associated symptom of depression. Other feelings may be worthlessness, self-hate, or inappropriate guilt. Common, reoccurring thoughts of depression are vocalized as, “It’s all my fault,” or “What’s the point?”
Depression can take the pleasure or enjoyment out of the things you love. A loss of interest or withdrawal from activities that you once looked forward to — sports, hobbies, or going out with friends — is yet another telltale sign of major depression. Another symptom of major depression is a decreased sex drive and even impotence.
Fatigue and Sleep
Part of the reason you might stop doing things you enjoy is because you feel very tired. Depression often comes with a lack of energy and an overwhelming feeling of lethargy, which can be the most debilitating symptoms of depression. This could lead to excessive sleeping or no sleep at all.
Depression is also linked to insomnia, as one might lead to the other and vice versa. They can also make each other worse. The lack of quality, restful sleep can also lead to anxiety.
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