Understanding Depression: Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Having It

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The suicide of the famous actor-comedian Robin Williams has brought the illness of depression into the national public eye.  After William’s death, calls to suicide or mental health hotlines have spiked. Sadly, it had to be the death of an iconic artist encourages depressed folks to reach out for help.


Depression is a state of low mood disorder that can affect people in different ways and can cause a variety of symptoms. Depressed people can last a feeling of sadness and hopelessness, losing in some interests in the things that he/she enjoy. They can also experience a feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, loss of appetite or excessive eating.



Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. This is the most frustrating feelings you experience when you are depressed. Hopefulness reflects a negative view that nothing will get better in the future. Helplessness reflects a negative view of yourself. Self-confidence and self-esteem suffers, and you may not believe you have any control towards helping yourself feel better.

Loss of interest in daily activities. Depressed people has tends to not do their former hobbies, pastimes, social activities and even sex. They may feel like you’ve lost your ability to enjoy life, which can take a toll on your relationships, work, and everyday activities.

Loss of Appetite or Excessive Eating. Weight loss or sometimes overeating and weight gain, can be a sign that depression is interfering with the healthy eating habits essential for maintenance of healthy mood levels.

Sleep changes it is very common for depression to have an effect on sleep, leading to insomnia and sleep disruptions like early waking. Sometimes there is a pattern of excessive sleep. Regular, sound sleep is essential for healthy functioning and sleep disruption is a particularly debilitating weapon in the depression arsenal.

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Anger or irritability. Swing mood, feeling restless or even violent. People around the angry or irritable depressed person may see them as mean, angry, or a bully.

Loss of energy.Do you often feel fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained or do you usually find yourself less able to uphold your usual activity levels? Depression may be sapping your energy and taking root as you succumb to lassitude.

Self- loathing. Most of depressed people hate themselves, they feel worthless and guilty. They harshly criticize their self for perceived faults and mistakes.

Concentration problems. Memory loss, trouble focusing and making decisions are some effects of depression. It also affects how you process memories and also influence your ability to concentrate

Unexplained aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.


Depression can attack in any level. It gradually upsets you a lot once it hit you. While most depressions are short-term, depression is readily treated nowadays with modern antidepressant medications and psychotherapy.

If you think you may have depression, obtain an opinion from a mental health or medical professional. That professional can then guide you in the direction of additional treatment and/or possible medication.




2 thoughts on “Understanding Depression: Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of Having It

  1. Very Nice Post. As someone that suffers from unipolar depression, reading your post felt like reading a day in my life. Very insightful with out make a martyr out of us all. Nice job.


    1. Thanks Jeremy! Push yourself to do enjoyable things, even when you don’t feel like it. You might be surprised at how much better you feel once you’re out in the world. Even if your depression doesn’t lift immediately, you’ll gradually feel more upbeat and energetic as you make time for fun activities. Thanks a lot for dropping by!

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