These are the symptoms of depression

Sadness, anxiety, insomnia and suicidal thoughts are the most common symptoms of depression.

Depression is an illness that affects both the mind and the body – leading to disorders that have a negative impact on your sleeping pattern, appetite and the way in which you perceive yourself and others. As things stand today, we know that depression is a complex condition – with a variety of factors (including personality traits, genetic predisposition and exposure to unfavourable situations) contributing to its appearance.

Without proper treatment, symptoms can last for months and, in some cases, even years. Familiarising yourself with the illness (and the way in which it manifests) is fundamentally important if you want to be able to catch it early. In the following article we’ll explain what some of the most common symptoms involve:

  • Sadness, anxiety and a constant feeling of emptiness: This includes a depressive state in which you are unable to escape the feelings of anguish and despair.
  • Lack of interest in activities you usually enjoy, including sexual relations.
  • Extreme lethargy – complete lack of energy: A lot of people with depression notice a decrease in vitality, often saying they feel like they're moving in slow motion. They tend to have difficulty going about their daily activities, even those that they would normally find satisfying.
  • Sleep disorders: People with depression often experience sleep disorders. These include insomnia, not getting enough deep sleep or sleeping too much.
  • Feelings of hopelessness when contemplating the future: When a person has depression, they often have a pessimistic outlook on life. Everything seems bleak and pointless and they struggle to imagine how things are going to improve.
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness: People with depression often experience feelings of inferiority and insecurity that render them incapable of making decisions.
  • Memory problems and difficulty concentrating: The inability to concentrate makes it difficult to carry out, not only complicated tasks, but even simple tasks – things you would normally do as a matter of routine, without even thinking.
  • Irritability: People with depression often find they are irritable or in a bad mood.
  • Lack of appetite: It is not uncommon for people with depression to lose their appetite, especially at mealtimes – which invariably leads to unintentional weight loss.
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions: These generally manifest in moments of despair, when they see no way out of the situation that’s causing the pain.
  • Physical symptoms: like headaches, digestive problems and chronic pain that often don't respond to medical treatment.

Depression, Diagnosis, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Psychological aspects, Social Life

Author: Purificación Salgado, Journalist

Last Modification: November 4, 2016

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