Depression Symptoms and Warning Signs

There are many types of depression, and how it presents itself may be different for each person. It is normal to feel sadness from time to time. However, if these feelings, coupled with feelings of despair and hopelessness, take hold and refuse to dissipate for long periods, it may be a sign of depression. Depression changes how you think and feel about everyday aspects of life and may affect how you function daily. Here are some symptoms of depression.

Feeling hopeless

It’s normal to lose hope sometimes. However, if you feel like life will never get better,and that nothing can change that, you may be experiencing depression. Other accompanying feelings may include feeling worthless and hating yourself.

Increased fatigue

One characteristic that people with depression exhibit is the lack of will to do anything. They often claim that they feel exhausted even when they have done nothing to warrant the feeling.

Losing interest in activities that used to interest you

Sometimes you will feel too tired to do your dishes or make your bed. That’s okay. However, if you notice that you no longer want to do the things that used to interest you, you may be depressed. So, analyze your behavior. If you are a social butterfly that no longer wants to socialize with your friends or if you no longer wish to participate in your hobbies, it may be a warning sign. Sometimes, it will also present as having a lower sex drive.

Increase sleeping problems.

There are two main types of sleep problems when one is depressed. One may feel tired all the time and sleep for inordinate amounts of time. They often claim to feel fatigued and lethargic and just want to rest. On the other end of the spectrum, the person may experience severe insomnia. Insomnia can make depression worse, as lack of enough sleep can make you feel jitters and anxious. You will know it is a problem if it deviates from how you usually behave.

Changes in appetite and weight

Just like sleep, this symptom will mainly present itself in one of two ways. There are those people who, when depressed, lose their appetite and often lose weight. Others overeat when depressed and consequently gain a lot of weight. If any of the behaviors is a deviation from your typical behavior, consider it a warning sign.

There are some activities that can help reduce the symptoms of depression. For example, getting sunlight and exercise have proven to help alleviate the feelings of depression. However, some warning signs indicate that a depressed person may require professional help. For example, suicidal ideations and self-harm are warning signs that should not be ignored.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression, you can get help or encourage them to get help by visiting a CBTClinic to start getting treatment. There is no shame in feeling depressed. The sooner these symptoms are addressed, the sooner the depressed person will begin to feel better and go back to living their life normally.