Recognizing the Symptoms of Depression

Lucy Jones By Lucy Jones, 19th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ntj1lwiu/
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Getting help for a depression disorder isn't all that easy, unless there are family and friends that are able to help with getting the professional help needed. This article helps to point out some of the signs and symptoms of depression.

Feeling Blue or is it Depression?

Psychological well being, isn't the type of thing most people are happy to talk about openly. And who can blame them. We've probably all heard the negative comments, pointing fingers and jokes associated with this type of condition.

It's very sad each time we hear these remarks, something insensitive said out of plain ignorance, usually by people who have little or no contact or any idea of what it means to suffer from depression, and most certainly don't have a loved one or family member that suffers from this or any other psychological disorder, that simply takes a very tight grip on the sufferers existence.

Suffering from depression or mental well being problems, is something that many individuals feel ashamed to admit. If you have suffered from major depression or have had an episode of melancholy that has contributed considerably to a change in your every day existence, hearing negative comments is something you probably learned to accept in the end.

It's so important to be aware of the warning signs of depression. The earlier they are spotted, the better. Why? Because becoming depressed leads to behavior that becomes darker and darker and is reinforced day after day, month after month. Slowly but surely getting a firm grip on your life. It's so much harder to spot a change in behavior if it occurs and develops gradually over time.

Depression Symptoms to Look Out For

It's so important to be aware of the warning indicators of depression. The earlier they are spotted, the better. Why? Because becoming depressed leads to behavior that becomes darker and darker and is reinforced day after day, month after month. Slowly but surely getting a firm grip on your life. It's much harder to spot a change in behavior if it occurs and develops gradually over time. But what are the signs and symptoms that we should look out for?

The most typical symptom of depression and one which many people believe is the only one is having a persistent empty or extremely sad mood. This isn't what can sometimes be referred to as feeling 'down in the dumps' or 'having the blues'. This 'sad mood' may last for several weeks - at which point you ought to speak with your physician. A feeling of pessimism, hopelessness or helplessness and becoming critical of oneself for never being sufficient at anything no matter what we do. depression can result in a lack of interest in pursuits someone usually enjoys. An almost lethargic with no energy or drive, is another common symptom of depression that may slowly be re-enforced over time.

Problems with sleeping and eating is also a symptom that many people would not usually associate with depression. Sleeping disorders are frequently dismissed as a mild case of insomnia that will go away over time. Eating problems, particularly in women, can make depression less visible, simply because the first thing we think of is anorexia or bulimia. While this may be true in some cases, putting these signs and facts into context is so essential so that we can see the depressions bigger picture.

Depression often goes hand in hand with anxiety that can also trigger sleeping disturbances, a sensation of dread, increased heart rate and more severely, panic attacks. Depression and anxiety can effortlessly knock out our confidence levels as both can result in difficulty concentrating and remembering or making decisions.

These symptoms can climax with devastating effect and speed. At work, these symptoms can lead to a nervous breakdown to where the sufferer no longer knows, or can remember how to do their job. Nothing makes sense and it can be extremely frightening when you're faced with a situation like this where keeping track of what is happening around you, or why you are feeling this way, becomes very difficult to comprehend.

Manifesting itself via persistent negative physical signs or pains that do not seem to respond to treatment, depression can take over the whole body. Being irritable and losing ones temper are also signs of depression, which is seen much more frequently in males than females. Thoughts of suicide, can also creep into the picture and are by no means to be taken lightly. Often, suicide attempts are a cry for help. Sadly, sometimes they aren't.

Getting Help for Depression

Anyone from any walk of life can contract depression, however, not everyone will have the same symptoms so it's essential to be on the look out for indicators and signs of depression. Bear in mind, only a physician or psychiatrist can diagnose depression, so if you or someone you know shows signs of depression - give them a helping hand to get to a doctor as quickly as possible.

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Angst, Anxiety, Depressed, Depression, Mentally Ill, Misery, Panic Attacks, Sadness, Well Being

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Lucy Jones is retired living in Central Europe. Life isn't as hectic as it was in the busy, sometimes stressful corporate life. But still passionate about living a healthy and fit life - without being a fanatic.
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author avatar dak
19th Sep 2010 (#)


Thanks for the great information you provided,

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author avatar James R. Coffey
19th Sep 2010 (#)

Nicely done!

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author avatar Lucy Jones
19th Sep 2010 (#)

Hi James - thanks for dropping in and commenting.

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