Depression is among the most common illness around the globe. Many people face depression but few really consider taking measures about it. People ignore depression and think is just a phase, but depression can lead to many things and one of the scariest is suicidal thoughts. This illness varies from person to person but there are signs and symptoms that are mostly universal and if you notice someone close to you being depressed make sure you talk to them to visit a psychiatrist.
Downs and ups are normal occurring in everyday life, but if the downs are more common and wont go away, if they interfere your work and well-functioning you need to understand the symptoms, causes and treat depression. Here are the most common symptoms and signs for depression:
1. Weight Change
One of the first symptoms you will notice is extreme weight change. It may result in fatigue or in extreme weight loss and lead to anorexia. Men are more likely than women to report fatigue and other physical symptoms of depression but that doesn’t mean women are not prone to fatigue, it depends from person to person.
2. Sleeping Too Much Or Too Little
Falling asleep while working? Do you sleep 12 hours a day and still feel exhausted? That may be a sign of depression. Insomnia ( lack of sleep) or hypersomnia ( over sleeping) should not be ignored because they can be dangerous for your health.
3. Stomachache or Backache
Chronic pain and digestive disorders go hand in hand with depression. If you have diarrhea for no reason, unexpected back or stomach pain consider depression as one of the main causes. Depressed people not only face emotional disabilities but physical too.
4. Avoiding Conflicts
The difference between a depressed women and depressed men is in the irritability level. Many women who are facing depression will most likely avoid all kinds of conflicts, they will feel slowed down, nervous and often times scared.
5. Concentration Problems
The lack of or over excessive sleeping will cause you problems such as having a hard time focusing, making daily based decisions and remembering things. It will definitely slow you down and every simple task will look like something big. Depressions is a form of reversible brain failure, it can be healed.
6. Reckless Behavior
Depression can cause the brain to focus on escapist behavior such as drinking, gambling, substance abuse and other dangerous and reckless things that are not typical for that person. Alcoholics are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression as people without a drinking problem- recent research, that means that depression is often time accompanied by drinking problems or substance abuse.
7. Sexual Dysfunction
If you don’t want to go to intercourse often, major depression is often associated with sexual dysfunction. Also, anti-depressant medication can exacerbate pre-existing sexual dysfunction. This is a sign that should not be ignored.
8. Loss of Energy
Do you have a hard time getting out of bed, doing home tasks and feel physically drained? A lack of energy is one of the most common signs of depression and it can be irritating because there is no accurate reason for this to happen. Think twice, depression is knocking at your door.
If you constantly criticize yourself for mistakes and feel worthless and guilt, it is a symptom. Extreme dislike and hatred toward one-self is destructive and could lead to self-destructive thoughts as suicide. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone about it, a professional .
10. Feeling Helpless and Hopeless
Depressed people often time see a one way road, a room with no door to escape from. They will feel like nothing will get and can get better and there’s nothing they can do to improve their situation. If you feel like someone is depressed help them, show them the way out!