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.
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