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Signs and symptoms


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 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

Depression symptoms are complex. If one is depressed he/she loses interest in things that he/she used to enjoy. It commonly interferes with work, social life and family life. People with depressive illnesses do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency, and duration of symptoms vary depending on the individual and his or her particular illness.

There are many symptoms, which can be psychological, physical and social.

Psychological symptoms include:

  • Consistent low mood or sadness
  • Hopelessness and helplessness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Irritable and intolerant
  • Lack of motivation and little interest in things
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Lack of enthusiasm
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming self
  • Anxious or worried

Physical symptoms include:

  • Slowed movement or speech
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Constipation
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
  • Lack of energy or lack of interest.

Social symptoms include:

  • Not doing well at work
  • Taking part in fewer social activities and avoiding contact with friends
  • Reduced hobbies and interests
  • Difficulties in home and family life

It can take some time to recognize that you may be depressed. Depression may come on gradually and some people continue to deal with the symptoms without recognizing them. It can take a friend or family member to suggest that something is wrong.

Doctors describe depression by how serious it is

  • Mild depression has some impact on your daily life.
  • Moderate depression has a significant impact on your daily life.
  • Severe depression makes the activities of daily life nearly impossible. A small proportion of people with severe depression may have psychotic symptoms

If left untreated, symptoms of clinical or major depression may worsen and last for 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.