Sadness, irritability, a sense of emptiness or worthlessness, an inability to experience happiness, despair and hopelessness are some of the many signs of depression. Depression is the most common of all mental health problems and it manifests itself in many different ways. Depression affects the brain and the body, it influences the way we think and behave. It can affect our sleep, our appetite and our ability to make decisions. It can vary in intensity from relatively mild discomfort to a profound and severely disabling mood.
Depression can be a reaction to a recent loss, trauma or childhood experiences. It can be the result of a medical condition, the use of alcohol or drugs and an imbalance in brain chemistry. Fortunately, one does not have to live with these feelings. There are effective and lasting approaches to treating depression.What are the signs and symptoms of depression?
People who feel depressed do not all experience the same symptoms. The severity, frequency and duration of symptoms will vary depending on the individual.
Do you experience?
- Feelings of persistent sadness, anxiety or emptiness
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism?
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
- Irritability or restlessness?
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex?
- Fatigue and decreased energy?
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions?
- Insomnia, early–morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping?
- Overeating or appetite loss?
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts?
- Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment?