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Symptoms of Depression

We're all bound to feel lonely, sad, or even depressed at times, but how would we know if we are already suffering from clinical depression? In times of bereavement or life struggles, depression can be our normal reaction. However, when depression becomes overwhelming and persists for longer period of time, they can hinder you from living a normal and active life.  It could be a warning sign that you need medical help.

When depression is left untreated, its symptoms may worsen and continue for several years. They can lead to indescribable sufferings and even to suicide. Acknowledging the symptoms of depression is key to proper diagnosis and treatment of clinical depression.

The following is a list of some of the symptoms of depression:

  • Having trouble focusing, remembering things, and making rational decisions
  • Low energy
  • Feeling hopeless, worthlessness and guilt
  • Insomnia, excessive sleeping or waking very early in the morning
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Lacking interest in hobbies or activities that he or she used to enjoy, and that includes sex
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Persistent pains or aches, cramps, headaches, or digestive issues which don't improve even with medication.
  • Lasting feelings of sadness anxiety or emptiness
  • Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts

Warning Signs of Suicide
People suffering from depression are also more likely to commit suicide. So make sure you don't ignore a person who expresses any thought or intention to commit suicide.
Some of the signs of suicide include:

  • Abrupt change in mood, being sad one moment, and happy the next moment.
  • Constantly thinking or talking about losing one's life or about death
  • Clinical depression that becomes worse
  • Lack of interest in many things that once were fascinating
  • Sorting things out
  • Speaking of such things as everything would become better when I'm no longer here.
  • Talking about killing one's self
  • Calling or visiting those he cares about

Above are the warning signs of suicide with depression that requires immediate attention so if you or someone you love is demonstrating any of these seek help as soon as possible.