If you are experiencing at least five of the under listed symptoms for a continual duration of at least two weeks, you might be suffering from depression. It is important that you see a mental health professional for proper diagnosis.
- Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness most of the time and maybe suicidal and dying thoughts.
- Sleep changes: difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. Waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep and/or restless sleep, excess sleepiness
- Helplessness and hopelessness: feeling tired, sluggish, and having low energy most days; and having a bleak outlook and the feeling that nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation
- Apathy: loss of interest in daily activities. Not caring anymore about former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. Loss of ability to feel joy and pleasure
- Bad temper: agitated, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation. Anger, low tolerance level with everything and everyone getting on your nerves
- Loss of energy: feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete
- Poor concentration: experiencing problems with thinking, focus, concentration, creativity and the ability to make decisions most days
- Low self esteem: strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Harsh self criticism for perceived faults and mistakes
- Reckless behavior: engaging in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports
- Appetite or weight changes: significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month
- Unexplained aches and pains: an increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain
If you think you or a loved one might be depressed, it is important to seek the counsel of a trained mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment. Depression is an extremely common mental illness and it can be easily treated by qualified professionals.