Signs and symptoms of Depression

Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they’ve lasted — the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression. When these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling, that’s when it’s time to seek help.

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Common Signs and Symptoms of Depression

  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness – Life appears very bleak — it feels as if nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
  • Losing interest in normal daily activities – Little or no interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, and loss of libido.
  • Appetite or weight changes – Noticeable loss or gains in weight
  • Sleep changes – Waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia) and even insomnia
  • Changes in physical responses – This can be feeling “keyed up” agitated and restless and/or sluggish and physically slowed down.
  • Loss of energy – Becoming more and more tired and fatigued as if you are physically drained. Even small tasks are exhausting or take longer.
  • Self-loathing & Low Self-esteem- you may be experiencing feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Harsh self criticism of your perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Difficulties with Concentration – You may find you are having trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.

Depression and Suicide

  • Depression is a major risk factor for suicide – The deep despair and hopelessness that goes along with depression can make suicide feel like the only way to escape the pain.
  • A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that help isn’t wanted – Most people who are suicidal don’t want to die — they just want to stop hurting.
  • Take any suicidal talk or behaviour seriously – It’s not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide: it’s a cry for help.

Counselling Can Help

Just as the symptoms and causes of depression are different in different people, so are the ways to feel better. What works for one person might not work for another, and no one treatment is appropriate in all cases. If you recognize the signs of depression in yourself or a loved one, take some time to explore the many treatment options and therapies available. Taking prescribed medication should NEVER be stopped without discussion with your GP in favour of counselling, but the two work well together. If you would like to talk to someone about depression please Contact Us on 07875 596 420 04 or 01892 540424. You can also email at jude.black@affinitycounselling.co.uk