When it comes to depression, the symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people may have a hard time getting out of bed, while some people can actually go to work every day without any signs of despair.
The two most common kinds of depression are persistent depressive disorder and major depressive disorder. I will be discussing the different signs and symptoms of clinical depression that you should watch out for, not only with yourself but also with the people around you.
1. Thoughts Of Death
Thoughts about death, especially if they are recurring, are linked to major depressive disorder. A person who has this disorder may create a plan to kill himself, attempt suicide, or think about suicide regularly. If you are, or if you know someone who’s thinking about death often, it would be best to call your country’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It would also be helpful to inform the family about this.
2. Having A Hard Time Concentrating
Both persistent and major depressive disorders include having a hard time concentrating as well as making decisions. If you have a depressive disorder or you know someone who has, it may be evident that thinking clearly is a struggle.
3. Feelings of Guilt and Worthlessness
A person who is suffering from depression has inappropriate and excessive feelings of guilt and worthlessness. The feeling can even be severe to the degree that person can even become delusional.
A person who is struggling with depression may lose energy as well as chronic fatigue. This symptom can be present with both major and persistent depressive disorder. A person who is always tired can affect his or her day and ability to function on a daily basis.
5. Psychomotor Retardation or Agitation
A person who is suffering from depression can also experience lethargy, restlessness, or agitation, which can affect the daily routine of a person. These things can also affect the appearance or behavior of a person. These things will be evident in a person’s reaction time, speech, and body movements. If these things are happening to you, then the people around you may notice these.
6. Sleep Disturbances
Sleep disturbances will include still feeling sleeping despite having a full night’s rest, staying asleep, or difficulty falling asleep. A person who is also experiencing daytime sleepiness can also indicate dysthymia or major depressive disorder.
7. Changes In Appetite
Another symptom of depression is a significant change in a person’s weight, typically 5% loss or gain or so in just one month without actually trying to. People who have a persistent depressive disorder may experience overeating or poor appetite.
8. Decreased Pleasure or Interest
People who are suffering from depression can also experience a decrease in pleasure or interest that they once enjoyed. If you or someone you know is experiencing this symptom in almost all of the activities, then you might just have depression.
9. Change In Mood
Depressed mood is usually common with both persistent and major depressive disorder. Usually, the person may feel depressed most of the time, even every day, based on observations or reports created by others. Adolescents or children may appear irritable and not sad.
A person who has a depressed mood may say that he or she is feeling empty or sad. The person may even cry frequently. Usually, the depression may appear to be less severe or chronic, but can also lead to major depression.
These are all of the signs and symptoms of clinical depression that you should know. If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms above, then consulting a doctor is definitely ideal. Your overall well-being is your wisest investment.
Based on Materials from Very Well Mind
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