Knowing what the symptoms of depression are is the first step in moving towards wellness. There is a range of symptoms, you may not have them all, but that does not mean to say you are not experiencing depression in some form or another.
The Symptoms of Depression
Depression not only affects the psychology of the mind, but it also affects people physically and socially. It encompasses a person’s whole life. You can also use the depression checker to see if you are likely to have symptoms of depression.
The Psychological Symptoms
They can include but are not limited to:
- a feeling and being low in mood and an overwhelming sadness
- the feeling of hopelessness and helplessness
- having low self-esteem and low confidence
- feeling tearful or wondering why you cannot cry and then feeling guilty
- feeling guilt-ridden about most things from climate change to family matters
- getting angry and irritated at others and then feeling guilty
- having very little motivation and losing interest in the things you used to love
- becoming indecisive, and you could experience memory problems
- there is no fun in life anymore; it all seems pointless
- an increase in anxiety and worrying thoughts
- having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself, planning death and contemplating options
The Physical Symptoms
The physical symptoms of depression can include but are not limited to:
- finding words difficult to come by and moving or speaking more slowly than usual
- losing interest in food or eating more comfort food to feel better
- stomach complaints could be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome
- somatic body pain, unexplained aches and pains in the joints and muscles
- having no energy, unable to do anything because you are so tired and unmotivated
- not interested in sex or meeting up with lovers or partners for romantic liaisons
- sometimes your menstrual cycle can be affected, delayed periods or heavier periods
- sleep problems, from sleeping to much to very little or sleeping during the day and staying awake at night and not because you are on shifts
The social symptoms of depression include but are not limited to:
- making excuses not to meet up with friends or attend your usual hobbies outside of the home
- finding you are not interested in things you used to love doing and they no longer appeal to you
- life, in general, becomes challenging, and family and friends cannot understand why you are behaving this way, and you may not know either, which can cause arguments
When to Seek Treatment
Depression can be mild to severe, and only you know which one you are suffering from. In all instances, speak to your medical practitioner first if the symptoms of depression will not go away.
You will likely be placed on medication if you are presenting symptoms in a moderate to severe way. Still, you will also probably be guided towards counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
[AF] I recommend the following two online companies for therapy, the first being Online Therapy. They are CBT specialists who will help you navigate the troughs and farrows of depression. The second one I recommend is called Calmerry. They are counsellors, and when I have depression, the first person I seek out is a counsellor as I need a sounding board and somebody who will not judge me.
If your symptoms of depression are mild, you might be able to forego medication and move ahead via counselling and/or CBT; it is all down to personal preference. Your doctor may also suggest various other things to try, such as an increase in exercise, mindfulness and meditation.
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I hope you get the help you need with your depression, and I also hope it doesn’t last too long. If it worsens and you feel you want to self-harm, please seek attention from your local emergency department; they are there to help you.
Peace & Blessings