07 Jan 5 Signs of Depression
Nearly everyone feels depressed sometimes. They get frustrated with where they are in life, discouraged by world events, or just feel alone. These emotions are normal, especially when you can identify a particular occurrence that triggered your sadness or frustration – unemployment, the death of a friend, a painful illness. We all know that part of life is learning to accept and cope with the disappointments we encounter.
So how to doctors distinguish between people who are feeling the ups and downs of life and those who are actually in need of specific, applied treatments?
If you think you may be struggling with depression, than you should seek help from others. Some of the symptoms are:
1. Prolonged hopelessness and emptiness
Many depressed people find their days full of emptiness. Whether they feel its themselves or their lives that are empty, it’s a feeling that interferes with daily life. It’s one of the most common experiences of people with serious depression and it can last months or years if you are not treated.
2. Tiredness and disordered sleep
Many people with serious depression feel constantly tired or listless. Tasks seems daunting and they often cope by oversleeping. Others either cannot fall asleep at a reasonable time or they cannot sleep well, despite feeling so tired. If you are experiencing this type of problem, note whether you also experience any other depression symptoms.
3. Sudden tears or anger
Other people with depression experience emotions that can be described as heated rather than cold. They find that as they go about their day, they begin crying in response to their own thoughts. Alternately, innocuous comments from others are perceived as slights and provoke tears or anger. If you experience sudden anger or tears in this fashion, it’s probably wise to visit a professional.
4. Inability to focus on serious issues
People with depression frequently describe themselves as “unable” to focus on work, read, or make important decisions. They often feel a sense of panic or fear at the thought of making a decision or developing a plan for the future.
5. Sense of lost control
As a consequence of all these feelings, people with depression have a nearly continuous sense that they no longer have control over their lives. This often ties in with feelings of hopelessness about the future, which can lead to suicidal thoughts.
If you are experiencing these signs and symptoms, you should seek help. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be hard to get depression-related therapy appointments covered by insurance. Most universities and colleges have free counseling for students, as do some large employers. A simple internet search can turn up free and alternative resources in your community.
If you are truly not ready to seek medication or enter into therapy, introduce yourself to the idea gradually but consistently. In the meantime, you can benefit from taking up exercise, which has been proven to provide relief from depression and anxiety. It is also beneficial to speak to others who have shared your experiences online; be sure to explore forums when individuals put effort into their recovery, as reading only of others’ troubles and not their attempts to heal can itself have a depressing effect.
Finally, do not underestimate the power of sharing your troubles with others. If you do not feel you have anyone to personally turn to, do not hesitate to contact professionals, helplines, or even internet support groups.
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