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Depression Symptoms And Warning Signs

Signs and symptoms

Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It�s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life�s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they�ve lasted�the more likely it is that you�re dealing with depression.

10 common depression symptoms

  • 1. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A bleak outlook�nothing will ever get better and there�s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
  • 2. Loss of interest in daily activities. You don�t care anymore about former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You�ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
  • 3. Appetite or weight changes. Significant weight loss or weight gain�a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
  • 4. Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning or oversleeping.
  • 5. Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. Self-loathing. Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
  • 8. Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
  • 9. Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions or remembering things.
  • 10. Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.

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