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Understanding the Symptoms of Depression

Are the hopeless, exhausted and sad feelings you’re experiencing signs of depression or just “the blues,” and it’s lasting longer than usual? Understanding the symptoms of depression can clue you in to whether you’re having a typical down time or if you need to go and see a doctor for treatment of depression.

By taking the time to understand the symptoms of depression and know how it’s affecting you, you can get out of the dumps faster and get back to the life you need to be living. Understanding the symptoms of depression is the first step you need to take to overcome this debilitating problem that usually affects everyone sooner or later.

First, you need to know that life’s challenges are enough to sometimes make you sad and disappointed. Those feelings alone aren’t considered depression. Full blown depression is much more than that. When symptoms of depression overwhelm your life so that you can’t work, eat, sleep and barely function through each day, depression may be the reason for this relentless onslaught.

Some symptoms that may be a red flag for clinical depression include:

· Thoughts that life is just not worth living that turn in to thoughts of ending your life.
· Feelings of self-loathing and worthlessness that bring on guilt and sadness.
· Lack of concentration for even the most menial tasks.
· Insomnia that brings on fatigue or sleeping too much.
· Constant fatigue.
· Irritability with others or extreme anger.
· Loss of appetite or binge eating that leads to weight gain or loss.
· Physical problems such as headaches, stomach aches or other chronic pain problems.

Depression can affect young and old, men and women, successful people and those who have lost almost everything. Symptoms sometimes appear different in men than in women and also different in teenagers and even children. Seniors often have a problem with depression after they’ve lost a spouse or had a major life change, such as moving into a nursing home.

Various types of depression can cause varied symptoms. For example, a mild depression could come in the form of feeling slightly depressed and it may go away quickly and your normal mood may return, but mild depression can return again and sometimes last for years. Often, mild depression can go undetected and cause problems in your lifestyle.

Major depression is usually accompanied by a complete inability to find any pleasure in life. If a bout with major symptoms of depression is left untreated, it may last for months, so if you think you’re having symptoms that surpass the normal “blues,” seek treatment immediately.

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