depression symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

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.

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

Social Symptoms

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

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