Depression is a pervasive illness that can affect the sufferer’s entire life. If you’re suffering from depression, you may find that it’s difficult to take care of your family, go to work, or enjoy your friends or hobbies. There is treatment available for depression, but the first thing that a doctor will need is a list of the symptoms that you’re experiencing. This article will discuss the most common symptoms of depression, and will help you to recognize them in yourself or a loved one.
Those experiencing depression may feel lethargic or fatigued on a regular basis, even after getting a full night’s sleep. You may find that you simply don’t have the energy to take care of your housework, do a good job at work, or go out with your friends. If you’re feeling like living life simply takes too much energy, treatment for depression may help.
Feelings of Sadness or Hopelessness
You may find yourself crying regularly or feeling sad about life. Things may seem bleak and hopeless, and it may be difficult to feel happiness. It’s common for people experiencing depression to lose interest in activities they once enjoyed, and to feel that life in general is overwhelming.
People with depression may have trouble remembering small details. They may have difficulty concentrating or trouble making decisions. It may be difficult to accomplish tasks at work, decide what to do during the day, or determine how to do previously enjoyable activities. This can lead to a sense of hopelessness, as you struggle to complete tasks that were easily accomplished in the past.
Recently, depression has been linked to numerous physical symptoms, as well. You may find that you have an increase in body aches and pains when you’re depressed, or that you get frequent headaches. Your doctor may not be able to tie these symptoms to a physiological cause and determine that they are intrinsically tied to your depression diagnosis.
Irritability and Anxiety
Depression can also cause you to be irritable. You may be annoyed by simple things in life that you’re able to brush off easily when you’re not depressed. You may startle at loud noises, avoid your children, or suddenly dislike leaving the house because other drivers annoy you. Depression often occurs at the same time as anxiety, and many patients find that they are more anxious during periods of depression. Your doctor may be able to recommend a medication to treat both the anxiety and depression, so be sure to clearly describe these symptoms at your initial appointment.
Left untreated, depression can lead to job loss, family difficulties, self harm, and even suicide. For this reason, it’s very important that you see a doctor if you’re experiencing the symptoms listed above. Depression doesn’t usually go away on its own, but your doctor may be able to help. Depression is typically treated with medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. After a few visits to your doctor, he or she can recommend the best course of action to treat your individual symptoms, so that you can get back to enjoying life again.
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