Do you have symptoms of clinical depression? Sure, most of us feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. And feeling depressed is a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or an injured self-esteem. But when these feelings become overwhelming, involve physical symptoms, and last for long periods of time, they can keep you from leading a normal, active life. That's when it's time to seek medical help. Your primary care doctor is a good place to start. This doctor can screen you for depression and help manage your symptoms.
If left untreated, symptoms of clinical or major depression may worsen and last for months or sometimes even years. They can cause untold suffering and possibly lead to suicide. Recognizing the symptoms of depression is often the biggest hurdle to the diagnosis and treatment of clinical or major depression. Unfortunately, approximately half the people who experience symptoms never do get diagnosed or treated for their illness.
Not getting treatment can be life threatening. More than one out of every 10 people battling depression commits suicide.
Here are some symptoms of Depression to help you determine if you are suffering from it:
1. Weight Changes
People who are depressed may loss interest in food entirely and this will cause rapid weight loss. It can also work in the opposite way for those people who are emotional eaters, they may tend to eat more and in turn have rapid weight gain.
2. Prolonged Sadness
Fairly common is the feeling of being sad all the time, every day all day long. People around you will probably notice it sooner than you will and may comment on your irritability.
3. Changes in Sleep Patterns
This can happen one of two ways. You either have trouble getting out of bed due to a feeling of extreme exhaustion as if the weight of the world is on you or you can't sleep at all and you develop a form of insomnia.
Feel different? Like a loss of control all the time? If you are experiencing irritability, agitation or violence and it seems like everything is getting on your nerves but you have no reason to explain it, it could be depression.
5. Loss of Interest
Losing interests in doing a thing you normally love is a common sign of depression. A lack of interest in daily things that once brought you joy should be examined closely.
6. Aches and Pains
depression affects your whole body not just mind. If you find you are experiencing aches and pains for no reason then it could be a sign of depression.
7. Reckless Behaviour
Driving recklessly, drinking or doing drugs, gambling are all common in people who are depressed as they look for ways to escape what they are presently feeling.
8. Purposeless Motions
Many people experience motions in their arms and legs with depression. Things you wouldn't normally do like hand wringing, pacing back and forth from room to room, and hair twirling.
9. Lack of Sex Drive
Feelings of disinterest in your partner for no reason. Lack of sex drive can occur making you feel like you have no interest in sexual activities of any kind with your partner.
Feelings of guilt and no self-worth are common in depression. You beat yourself up for mistakes and faults of your own. This can happen on a daily basis and even cause delusions within yourself.