What are the symptoms of Depression?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:
Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelingsThoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
Overeating or appetite loss
Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
Feelings of hopelessness
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
Fatigue and decreased energy
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
Headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
We all feel sad, lonely, or depressed at times. And feeling depressed is a normal reaction to loss or an injured self-esteem. But when these feelings become overwhelming, involve physical symptoms, and last for long periods of time, they can keep you from leading a normal, active life. That's when it's time to seek medical help. Our doctor is a good place to start. We can screen you for depression and help manage your symptoms.
If left untreated, symptoms of clinical or major depression may worsen and last for months or sometimes even years. They can cause untold suffering and possibly lead to suicide. Recognizing the symptoms of depression is often the biggest hurdle to the diagnosis and treatment of clinical or major depression. Unfortunately, approximately half the people who experience symptoms never do get diagnosed or treated for their illness.
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