Signs of Depression
More than just a temporary feeling of sadness or moodiness, the causes of depression can vary greatly. Depression can come without warning or any notable life event. For others, it could be triggered by trauma. And while some could be genetically predisposed to this condition, it all boils down to one thing — sufferers need help.
Physical symptoms are among of the first things others who live with sufferers notice since it usually involves a disruption of their regular routine or way of life.
- Difficulty with sleeping
- Lack of energy
- Under or overeating
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Persistent muscle aches, cramps, or headaches
- Digestive issues
Potential Physical Ailments Caused by Depression:
- Chronic pain
- Migraines or persistent headaches
Common Depression Phrases:
“I feel empty inside.”
“I just hurt all the time.”
“I don’t care about anything anymore.”
“I can’t do anything right.”
“I don’t want to go on any longer.”
Noticing their action also will help in noticing depression in another. Those suffering from depression often:
- Cry often, to the point of exhaustion, very frequently
- Experience a seemingly unending feeling of sadness
- Withdraw from social activities and cancel plans for little or no reason
- Little to no interest in activities they once enjoyed
- Everyday tasks make them anxious or confused
- Act extremely hard on themselves when they make mistakes, viewing themselves as ‘failures’
- Experiencing persistent mood swings, ranging from irritability, anger, and crying
- Decrease of cognitive ability — being unable to focus or concentrate, losing track of a given task, or easily forgetting things.
- Substance abuse — often used as an ineffective means of escape from how they are feeling, sufferers of depression could turn to alcohol, illegal drugs, or other means.
- Self-harm — including cutting, picking fights at school or work, or engaging in dangerous activities that offer a momentary thrill.
- Experience panic attacks — often triggered by an event or some other cause, significant anxiety (and its symptoms) can coexist for someone dealing with depression.
Types of Depression
Major Depressive Disorder or Clinical Depression
Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression
Persistent Depressive Disorder or Dysthymia
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Treatments for Depression
Treatments Under Medical Professionals
- Antidepressant medication
- Antianxiety or antipsychotic medications
- Holistic medications — herbal vitamins or supplements
- Psychotherapy — also known as talk therapy, with a certified professional
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) — magnetic pulses are noninvasively delivered to parts of the brain that controls mood to decrease sad moods and stimulate positive feelings
- Light therapy — usually given to those affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder, a sufferer is exposed to a lightbox mimicking natural light to boost mood. Lightboxes can be purchased individually but it is highly recommended that a sufferer does so under the advice of a medical professional.