Symptoms of Depression
Signs and symptoms of depression include:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
A bleak outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
- Loss of interest in daily activities.
No interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. You’ve lost your ability to feel joy and pleasure.
- Appetite or weight changes.
Significant weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
- Sleep changes.
Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.
- Anger or irritability.
Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level is low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves.
- Loss of energy.
Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
- Self- loathing.
Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
- Reckless behavior.
You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
- Concentration problems.
Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
- Unexplained aches and pains.
An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.
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