What is Depression?
Depression is more common than we think it is. But sometimes just because it affects a lot of people, we don’t give it much thought. However this psychological disorder can really affect the day to day lives of the patient.
How do you know if you are depressed?
|Famous Quote on Depression by Dorothy Rowe|
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression can manifest itself both mentally and physically.
Some of the mental or behavioral symptoms of depression are:
• Feeling of constant sadness
• Getting angry or annoyed really fast with others
• Self loathing thoughts
• Poor concentration
• Constant negative thoughts
• Thoughts of suicide
Some of the physical symptoms that might be seen are:
• Constant fatigue
• Change in appetite
• Change in weight
• Withdrawal from social and fun activities
If the above list of symptoms sounds a bit like what you are going through, it may be time to visit a doctor. List down everything that you may be experiencing, also try and find out if anyone else in the family suffers from depression, as depression has genetic ties, so having a family member who is depressed can make you susceptible to depression as well.
With all said, it is important to know the difference between depression and general sadness. Life is not always uphill, so changes in our mental state are inevitable. However when these changes become too frequent or prolong for an extensive period of time, it may be signs of concern. Extreme indecisiveness, for example, is a classic indication of depression.
As a depressed person start to question their own self worth and sense of judgment, it becomes very hard for them to make any decisions at all. Another example is if a person loses complete interest in enjoying themselves, it may be a very serious symptom. Minor fluctuations in weight are very common, but it is time to worry when it is visibly extreme.
Depression if understood properly, is curable. So the next time you feel any of the above are applicable to you or your loved ones, reach out and seek help.
*Submitted by Krittika Biswas
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