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Depression - Part 1: Common symptons

Posted on 18/11/2014 by Michelle Clements

The symptoms of depression can be complex and may differ from one individual to another. We all have times in our lives when we feel down for a day or two but when you're depressed you can feel persistently sad for an extended period of time, this could be weeks or even months.
Depression is seen by some people as a weakness and not a real illness but their wrong. Depression is a real illness with real symptoms, and it's not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together".

Below I have listed some of the most commonly known sypmtons of depression....

Emotional & phycological
symptons can include:

  • Low moods & sadness
  • Guilt & worthlessness
  • Hopelesness
  • Anxiety
  • Lessening of tolerance of others
  • Heightened irratability
  • Confusion, difficulty in decision making
  • Loss of identiy
  • Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Sucidal thoughts ideation
  • Thoughts of self harm

    Physical symptons can include :

  • unexplained aches & pains
  • headaches
  • chronic fatigue
  • decreased or increased sleep ( Changes in sleep patterens)
  • loss of sex drive
  • loss of interest of activites or hobbies.
  • increase or decrease of weight
  • slower speech movement

    Social symptons can include:

  • isolation
  • not doing well at work
  • lonliness
  • avoiding social interaction with freinds family
  • relationship problems

Depression isn't biased and anyone can suffer from it at any time in their lives. Talking to someone, for example a friend, family member, doctor or therapist can help, There is no need to suffer in silence .
In my next blog I will be exploring in more depth about the different types of depression including a lesser known form of depression known as Smiling Depression .

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