Common Depression Symptoms
Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain; it is not something that you can just make go away on its own. If you suffer from depression symptoms, your family and friends may have told you it was just in your head, and to stop being negative.
Clinical depression is a physical condition, and at the same time it can affect your mental health and physical body. Depression is also known as clinical depression and major depression disorder. If you have had symptoms of depression for 2 weeks or longer, you may be clinically depressed.
- Feelings of sadness
- Loss of interest in activities of daily living
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feelings of guilt for no reason
- Sleeping too much
- Crying without cause
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
- Feeling irritable
- Easily annoyed with everyone around you
- Feeling tired and out of energy
- Experiencing headaches, back aches, and body aches
- Lack of or decrease in libido
- Suicidal thoughts and attempts
Depression symptoms may vary from person to person. One person may feel sad, and feeling a sense of hopelessness. This person may overeat and have suicidal thoughts. Another person may feel tired, and get annoyed easily at people, and snap at them without really meaning to. Another person may lose interest in food and in all the things he or she used to find enjoyment in. An older person may be preoccupied with death and dying.
If you feel you are depressed, see your health care professional. Your doctor will ask you questions about your moods, your appetite, and your thoughts. Your physician may do blood tests and a physical exam on you to rule out any obvious causes for your symptoms. Your blood tests may include a complete blood count (CBC), and you may also have a thyroid test done. The blood tests may also include a toxicology screen done to check for drug usage.
It is important that you dont diagnose yourself; you need to see your physician to be properly diagnosed and treated. All too often people dont consult with their health care professional about their depression symptoms, because they feel the symptoms will go away in time. If you see your health care professional, your doctor will be able to ascertain if you are clinically depressed, and what type of depression you have. Some types of depression are more debilitating than others. The treatment for one type of depression, such as major depression is like to be different that the treatment for psychotic depression. The treatment for SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is likely to be different than schizoaffective disorder.
Your doctor may ask you to talk about what is going on in your life. You may be asked how long you have been feeling depressed. You might also be asked to talk about what is going on in your life that might be causing you stress. After an evaluation, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants for you, or you might be referred to a mental health practitioner for further evaluation and treatment. I f you are clinically depressed, it is not likely that the condition will go away on its own, because depression is caused by chemical imbalances of serotonin and norepinephrine.