What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

Following are the signs and symptoms of depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health. A person may have some or all of the symptoms and experience varying degrees of the symptoms.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating, or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.

Depression can be mild to very devastating. It can start off mild and worsen over time. It can start with events that one would normally expect to feel down, such as a death or start when one has completed a goal or moved to a new job. Change can trigger depression. If the low feeling continues over time, such that when people around are questioning why you are still feeling down, the depression may have spiraled into something serious. This is a critical time to get help, before it becomes worse and entrenched. Often, the person experiencing depression doesn’t realize how depressed they are.

For counseling help with depression, call 303-730-1144 and contact your doctor to eliminate other potential causes.

(Source: NIMH)

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