Recognize the Symptoms of depression Is often one of the most difficult tasks before treatment. Unfortunately, about half of the people who experience them are never diagnosed, evaluated and treated.
There are normal ups and downs in life, everyone may feel sad at some point. However, if negative thoughts, reluctance or lack of will to live dominate your life, you may Have depression .
These symptoms may persist for weeks or months and be severe enough to interfere with your work, social and family life.
If you feel depressed, make an appointment with a professional as soon as you can. Depression usually worsens if it is not treated properly and by the right person. In addition, the lack of treatment can lead to other physical and mental health disorders and other problems in different areas of your life.
If you still do not want to go to a professional who treats you, go to a trusted friend, partner or person who can support you.
What are the symptoms of depression?
We will classify these symptoms into four areas to better understand them:
- Inability to concentrate: depression affects the ability to think clearly, take decisions , Concentrate or remember things.
- Inability to enjoy leisure activities: lack of interest in doing activities that were previously enjoyable, such as hobbies, sports or intimate relationships.
- Inability to do simple activities: even the simplest activities seem difficult to complete or take a long time to complete.
- Social isolation.
- Fall into alcohol or drug addiction: substance abuse behavior, betting, reckless driving or engaging in dangerous activities.
- Do not leave the home.
- Culpability : Take responsibility for some mistake or the fact of not being happy or productive.
- Indecision .
- Anxiety: anxiety often accompanies depression. In the case of anxiety depression, the tension state can last quite a while.
- Sadness: One of the most common symptoms of depression is the constant feelings of sadness. You may also feel apathetic or empty.
- Pessimism: do not see exit to the solution and lose hope of any possible improvement.
- Low self-esteem .
- Irritability: Feeling restless, restless or violent. The tolerance level is low and everyone is annoying or nervous.
Negative or irrational thoughts tend to appear as:
- "I'm no good at all."
- "Nothing can improve."
- "My life is a disaster".
- "Nobody loves Me".
- "I'm a bastard".
- Lack of energy: feeling tired constantly, with fatigue. The body feels heavy.
- Frequent pains: Tension and fatigue from depression often manifest as physical symptoms such as unexplained pains without physical cause, frequent complaints, back, muscle and stomach pains. These symptoms may indicate another physical condition, so be sure to consult a doctor.
- Changes in appetite: You may feel a lack of interest in eating because the food has no taste, high anxiety or simply lack of energy.
- Sleep problems: insomnia, waking up too early or sleeping too much.
Alarming Symptoms of Depression
These symptoms and signs may be related to suicide and therefore it is urgent to take action; Get in touch with health professionals.
- Talk constantly about death.
- Sudden mood swings; From being very sad to being very calm.
- Put matters in order; Solve problems, wills...
- Comments like"I do not want to live anymore","I'm no good at all."
- Clinical depression: loss of interest, deep sadness, problems of nutrition and sleep.
- Behaviors that carry risks and that can approach death.
- Losing interest in things that used to interest.
- Talk about the suicide .
Symptoms of depression in children and adolescents
The common symptoms of depression in children and adolescents are similar to those experienced by adults although there are some differences. In this case, depression can occur with other disorders such as anxiety, substance abuse, attention deficit or eating disorders (obesity, anorexy Y bulimia ).
- Adolescents: sadness, irritability, negativity and low self-esteem, hatred, poor performance in school, feeling misunderstood and very sensitive, addiction to alcohol or drugs, eating or sleeping too much, self-harm, loss of interest in normal activities or avoid social interactions.
- Children: sadness, irritability, worries, pains, not wanting to go to school, not wanting to eat.
Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults
In older adults it is more common that depression is undiagnosed and treated and these people are less likely to seek help. Depression is not normal in this sector of the population and therefore must be diagnosed, evaluated and treated.
Symptoms may include:
- Loss of appetite, sleep problems, pain, loss of interest.
- Thoughts of suicide or death.
- Do not want to go out to socialize and always be at home.
- Difficulties to remember.