Signs Of Depression

Depression can be a very debilitating state for anybody, and the signs of depression can vary somewhat from person to person.

As a general guide, any time you are feeling in a low mood and are not recovering for more than a week or two, you likely have symptoms of depression, and you should seek depression help.

For natural depression self help go to the depression treatments on this website to learn more.

The following is a list of the signs of depression that affect your thoughts and emotions:

  • Prefer to stay in bed all day
  • A general feeling of low energy. Even the small tasks become overwhelming or take a lot of effort
  • Increase in energy as day goes on
  • Anxiousness and worrying thoughts
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or guilt
  • Harshly critical of yourself for faults or mistakes
  • High emotion for no apparent reason
  • Easily irritable. Everything and everybody get on your nerves
  • Crying often
  • Feeling sad
  • NOTE: If you are experiencing the following signs, seek help immediately.

  • Feeling that your life is not worth living
  • Frequent thoughts of death or suicide
  • Mentally planning or dreaming up methods for killing yourself

If you have any combination of the above mentioned signs, you are probably experiencing depression.

Depression also affects the body, causing a few recognizable symptoms.

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Symptoms of Depression

Depression does not only affect the mind. The mind is connected to the body; therefore, we can also find physical symptoms of depression as well.

The following is the list of physical symptoms of depression:

  • Disrupted sleep
  • Too much sleep
  • Waking early and difficulty going back to sleep
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Poor memory, concentration, thinking and/or making decisions
  • Decreased appetite or increased cravings
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Reduced or no sex drive
  • Unexplained aches and pains, such as back pain, headaches, muscle aches, and stomach pain
  • Change in posture, hunched back, lower head
  • Breathing patterns suach as breathing becoming slow, labored, and focused on the belly (normally in low emotional state); or breathing rapidly, and from the chest (usually with anxiety)

The above lists of signs and symptoms of depression is not all inclusive.

It is normal to have signs of depression when something sad or traumatic happens to us, such as the loss of a loved one, family separation, etc...

However, the more symptoms you have, the stronger they may become, and the longer they could last. If the symptoms persist for a prolonged amount of time there is a good chance that depression has set in.

If a person has signs of depression for over a week or two without recovering, there is a very good chance of depression, and should seriously consider help.

If you are experiencing depression, make sure you are a physically healthy, before you rely strictly on self help methods.

Editor's Note: You should always consult with your doctor. Signs and symptoms of depression can also be caused by physiological problems that should be treated medically.

If you think you may hurt yourself call your local emergency number right away.

Call a suicide hot line number — in the United States, you can reach the toll-free, 24-hour hot line of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 to talk to a trained counselor.

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