Depression can manifest differently in individuals, but here are some common symptoms associated with depression
Feeling down, hopeless, or empty for an extended period, often for two weeks or more.
Loss of interest or pleasure
Losing interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable. This can include a lack of motivation or decreased enthusiasm.
Changes in appetite or weight
Significant changes in appetite, leading to weight loss or weight gain. Some individuals may experience a decrease in appetite, while others may turn to food for comfort.
Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) are common symptoms of depression. Disrupted sleep patterns can have a significant impact on energy levels and overall well-being.
Fatigue and lack of energy
Feeling constantly tired, physically drained, or lacking energy, even after restful sleep. Simple tasks may require more effort than usual.
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Persistent negative thoughts about oneself, feeling worthless or undeserving. Individuals with depression may blame themselves excessively for perceived failures or shortcomings.
Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things. Cognitive functioning may be impaired, affecting work, school, or daily activities.
Irritability or restlessness
Feeling agitated, irritable, or on edge. This can manifest as increased irritability, short temper, or decreased tolerance for others.
Experiencing unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches, digestive problems, or chronic pain without a clear medical cause.
Withdrawing from social activities, avoiding contact with friends, family, or loved ones. A person with depression may isolate themselves and have difficulty maintaining relationships.
Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Persistent thoughts of death, dying, or suicidal ideation should be taken very seriously. If you or someone you know is experiencing these thoughts, it is important to seek help immediately.
It's important to note that experiencing one or two of these symptoms alone doesn't necessarily mean a person has depression. However, if you or someone you know is experiencing several of these symptoms persistently for an extended period, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and diagnosis.
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