Though depression is the most common mental illness, it is still difficult to notice the symptoms, especially because there is still such a stigma around mental health. Still, we can all do our part in learning how to notice the symptoms of depression and take the necessary steps to help others and/or ourselves.
The symptoms of depression:
If left untreated, symptoms of depression may continue over a longer period of time, getting worse as each day goes by.
Symptoms of depression include, but are not limited to the following:
- persistent low mood
- lack of / decreased energy; feeling tired
- Feeling pessimistic, helpless, unwanted
- struggling to remember things, and unable to concentrate (for long periods of time)
- Trouble with sleep (insomnia or excessive sleep), leading to irritability
- Loss in appetite or often overeating (often interpreted as comfort-eating)
- Feeling of “emptiness” and loss of interest in activities previously enthusiastic about
- Persistent headaches
- Suicidal thoughts, often followed by suicide attempts
Depression has both emotional symptoms and physical symptoms, yet the physical symptoms are less well-known. An individual can have persistent headaches, as mentioned above, or be troubled by joint pains, muscle aches, chest and/or back pains, digestive problems and fatigue.
Sleeping problems can affect both your physical and mental wellbeing further, and the dizziness/lightheadedness can make matters worse if you are unaware of what is happening to you.
Take the necessary precautions. If you feel you are exhibiting several of the above symptoms, speak to someone. Visit your GP. Do your best to seek help. Don’t let it be too late.
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