Whether we like it or not, we all have those feelings from time to time – feel lonely, sad or depressed (like we discussed last time). But when these feelings become overwhelmed and cause physical symptoms, it can affect many facets of your life.
According to mental health experts, depression carries a high risk of suicide – the worst but very real outcome of untreated depression.
Clinical depression, also known as major depression, is a common and serious mental health problem that involves mood, thoughts and the body. It can affect the way you eat, sleep, feel about yourself and those around you.
The signs and symptoms of depression can be complex and vary from person to person. But recognising the symptoms is the key. Here are some warning signs and symptoms of depression to look out for.
Symptoms of depression
Some of the common signs and symptoms of depression include:
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Feeling tearful
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Anger or irritability
- Trouble concentrating and making decisions
- Changes in sleep patterns – either insomnia or oversleeping
- Unexplained aches and pains – such as headaches, back pain, stomach pain, muscle ache, etc
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Digestive problems
- Persistent sad, anxious
- Suicidal thoughts
In most cases, depression can be successfully treated with early recognition, intervention, and support. Unfortunately, half of the people struggling with depression never get diagnosed or treated. If you think that you have physical symptoms similar to the ones mentioned above and find yourself feeling sad and depressed much of the time for days or weeks, make sure that you seek medical help.
However, it may be noted that some of these symptoms can also indicate other medical problems.