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Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression

As we live in one of the most stressful decades, it should not come as a surprise that the stress and anxiety levels of individuals in their adult years has increased dramatically in recent years.  Due to this increase, depression often co-exists with anxiety  due to factors such as feelings of helplessness and physical and mental burnout.  This article will provide information on some of the most common symptoms of this disorder and tips for how you may respond.

  1. Lack of energy

Depression often involves a  reduction in energy, and motivation to complete physical activities.  Of course, this fatigue or tiredness may be due to a physical problem such as thyroid problems. Therefore it is recommended that you visit a GP for assessment to rule this out.  However, if there are no underlying physical  problems constant tiredness may be a sign of depression.

  1. Disruption in sleep patterns

A change in sleep patterns is not always considered a problem, particularly if you have irregular working hours; however, if you find yourself experiencing abnormal sleep patterns then you may be experiencing a symptom of depression.  Many believe that those individuals suffering from depression will present with prolonged sleeping hours, but a lack of sleep is more common and can be considered a potential sign of depression.  It is recommended that you contact a GP if you are concerned about a change in your sleeping patterns.

  1. Lack of motivation

If you find yourself lacking motivation to engage in activities, whether they are social or occupational, you may be facing a symptom of depression.  Of course, this can be due to a change in personality or losing interest in the activity; however, if it is something that you showed a great deal of excitement for beforehand you should consider consulting a professional.

  1. Change in appetite

A change in appetite, whether it is a switch to eating more food than is the norm or a reduction in eating food, may be signs of either a psychological or physical condition.  Many individuals who suffer from depression will begin “comfort eating” sugary foods and high starch products as a means of overcoming emotions.  Of course, others will eat less food due to less appetite.

  1. Irritability and pessimism

Irritability and  mood changes are common experiences for most people. However, if you find yourself feeling irritable frequently and find that your mood are constantly negative you may be suffering from a form of depression.  Pessimism or a bleak outlook on reality is another sign of depression, and if you are experiencing high levels of pessimism coupled with self-loathing it may be worthwhile to consult a GP or Psychologist.

Final words

Depression is a serious psychological condition that can affect any individual irrespective of age or race. However, by identifying the symptoms of depression early it is possible to avoid a more serious depression.