It’s not uncommon for someone to go through a heartbreakingly hard time and casually state that they’re “depressed” when, in reality, they’re just sad. Depression is so much more than sadness, and for the 1 in 6 people who suffer from depression, the symptoms are much more complex. So, how can someone discern whether they are feeling situational sadness or clinical depression symptoms?
Determining if you are suffering from depression is the first step in the healing process. If you are suffering from the following warning signs, then it’s time to contact a mental health professional.
#1- Sad and Hopeless Outlook
Having sad feelings and a hopeless outlook on life is one of the most common signs of depression. Many of those suffering from depression feel like they are stuck in their sadness and hopelessness, with no solution and no way out.
#2 – Loss of Interest
Depression can rob you of the interest you once showed in your favorite hobbies, relationships, and other things that you once loved to spend time doing. One of the tell-tale signs of depression is this loss of interest, with no reasoning behind it.
#3 – Angry Outbursts, Irritability, or Frustration
You may feel that your emotions are on a rollercoaster. One minute you’re furious and angry, while the next you’re uncontrollably crying.
Studies have also shown that depression can affect men differently than women. Research has shown that men who are suffering from depression may be irritable or have misplaced anger.
#4 – Fatigue or Insomnia
One of the most debilitating symptoms of depression is the feeling of constant fatigue. This feeling of fatigue could lead to excessive sleeping.
Depression is also linked to insomnia because one can cause the other, with increasingly severe symptoms.
#5 – Anxiety
It is common for those who suffer from depression to also suffer from anxiety. Some symptoms of anxiety include restlessness, panicked feelings, rapid heart rate or breathing, and trouble focusing or thinking clearly.
#6 – Changes in Appetite
Appetite—and therefore weight—can fluctuate in those who are suffering from depression. Weight gain or weight loss can occur because of these changes in appetite.
#7 – Trouble Concentrating or Making Decisions
Another one of the signs of depression is difficulty concentrating on simple tasks or conversations, or the inability to make a decision.
#8 – Unexplained Physical Problems
Sudden headaches, backaches, etc. can be another sign of depression.
#9 – Recurrent Thoughts of Death
Depression is sometimes connected to suicide. Before reaching the point of wanting to take their own life, many of those suffering from depression do show other signs and symptoms, which is why it’s so important to tune in to your mental health regularly.
If you think you are suffering from depression, we urge you to contact a mental health professional who can help. If you suffer from treatment-resistant depression—and traditional medicine and therapy has not helped—then you may be a candidate for ketamine therapy. Ketamine therapy has been shown to help up to 70% of those who suffer from treatment-resistant depression, even when no other treatment has worked.
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