If you suspect that you are suffering from depression, you should consider seeking professional help

Do you think you are suffering from depression?

Mental disorders such as anxiety and depression can lead to loneliness, and conversely, loneliness can also lead to mental disorders.

If you feel depressed for a longer period, you should always consult your doctor, who can determine if it is a depression that requires professional treatment.

When you have a depression, you are depressed for a long time for no reason. Depression ranges from sadness to black melancholy and deep despair. The ability to feel joy, desire or interest in life is gone.

You can be more tired than usual and have a feeling that life is heavy or unaffordable. There is a lack of energy to cope with everyday activities and even basic personal care is often neglected.

10 common symptoms of depression

Source: Helpguide

  • 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. You don’t care anymore about 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.

Depression and suicide risk

Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. The deep despair and hopelessness that goes along with depression can make suicide feel like the only way to escape the pain.

If you have a loved one with depression, take suicidal speech or behavior seriously and look for the warning signs or if you recognize any of the following signs yourself you should contact a doctor and get professional help:

  • Talking about killing or harming one’s self
  • Expressing strong feelings of hopelessness or being trapped
  • An unusual preoccupation with death or dying
  • Acting recklessly, as if they have a death wish (e.g. speeding through red lights)
  • Calling or visiting people to say goodbye
  • Getting affairs in order (giving away prized possessions, tying up loose ends)
  • Saying things like “Everyone would be better off without me” or “I want out”
  • A sudden switch from being extremely depressed to acting calm and happy

More about depression

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

If you recognize any of the above symptoms or have felt depressed for more than 2 weeks you should always consult your doctor, who can assess whether treatment is necessary or you just need some guiding instructions.

Do you think you are suffering from depression?

Mental disorders such as anxiety and depression can lead to loneliness, and conversely, loneliness can also lead to mental disorders.

If you feel depressed for a longer period, you should always consult your doctor, who can determine if it is a depression that requires professional treatment.

When you have a depression, you are depressed for a long time for no reason. Depression ranges from sadness to black melancholy and deep despair. The ability to feel joy, desire or interest in life is gone.

You can be more tired than usual and have a feeling that life is heavy or unaffordable. There is a lack of energy to cope with everyday activities and even basic personal care is often neglected.

10 common symptoms of depression

Source: Helpguide

  • 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. You don’t care anymore about 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.

Depression and suicide risk

Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. The deep despair and hopelessness that goes along with depression can make suicide feel like the only way to escape the pain.

If you have a loved one with depression, take suicidal speech or behavior seriously and look for the warning signs or if you recognize any of the following signs yourself you should contact a doctor and get professional help:

  • Talking about killing or harming one’s self
  • Expressing strong feelings of hopelessness or being trapped
  • An unusual preoccupation with death or dying
  • Acting recklessly, as if they have a death wish (e.g. speeding through red lights)
  • Calling or visiting people to say goodbye
  • Getting affairs in order (giving away prized possessions, tying up loose ends)
  • Saying things like “Everyone would be better off without me” or “I want out”
  • A sudden switch from being extremely depressed to acting calm and happy

More about depression

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world; in the United States, close to ten percent of adults struggle with the disease. But because it’s a mental illness, it can be a lot harder to understand than, say, high cholesterol. Helen M. Farrell examines the symptoms and treatments of depression, and gives some tips for how you might help a friend who is suffering.

If you recognize any of the above symptoms or have felt depressed for more than 2 weeks you should always consult your doctor, who can assess whether treatment is necessary or you just need some guiding instructions.

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