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Depression is a serious illness that many people go through without knowing. We all have our days where we may feel down, upset, anxious, worried, or sad. These are all normal emotions that every person goes through, whether it’s because of a certain situation, trauma, financial issues, or everyday life stress.
However, people with depression may find it very difficult to go on with their everyday life. If you feel like you are having trouble overcoming certain emotions such as feeling helpless or miserable, you may be depressed.
People with depression not only suffer emotionally, but sometimes depression takes a toll on their physical health which is why it is important to recognize it if you are depressed.
It is important to speak to a professional if you feel any symptoms of depression to be able to identify the illness before it worsens.
Here are the top signs and symptoms of depression:
- Feeling Helpless /hopeless
- Loss of interest in everyday activities
- Loss of appetite/weight changes
- Sleep changes
- Unexplained body aches or pain
- Loss of concentration
- Suicidal thoughts
- Low energy levels
Feeling Helpless /hopeless
People suffering from depression usually feel like there is no reason to have hope in life and believe that no matter what they do, the situation won’t change.
Loss of interest in everyday activities
Depressed people begin isolating themselves and lose interest in interacting with people, going to work, sex, and socializing.
Loss of appetite/weight changes
This symptom differs from person to person. Some people who suffer from depression may lose weight while others may gain weight.
Depression may cause insomnia or cause you to oversleep as a form of running away from your problem.
You may suffer sudden anger surges for no reason at all. You may also feel anxious all the time from the smallest situations.
Body aches or pain
Because depression not only affects your mental state, people with depression may feel chronic back pain, headaches, and digestive issues such as constipation.
If you have severe trouble concentrating, or remembering things you may be suffering from depression.
Depending on the severity of the case, depression and loss of hope may cause suicidal thoughts and it is important to seek help in such cases.
Low energy levels
Depression causes you to simply not want to do anything in life because you are so tired, you may feel like you have zero energy to do basic things like getting out of bed, go to work, or go out.
If you suffer any of the listed symptoms for more than two weeks, please visit a doctor to receive the required treatment before your condition worsens.