Depression hurts. It is an illness that can cause physical pain, stresses relationships, and can break homes. Many people feel down during their day, I've been one of them, but are you just a little downcast, or depressed? How can you tell? There are 15 signs that you should look for. If you hit on most of them, you should probably head in for a doctor and get checked.
Here are the 15 Signs of Depression that you should look for.
- Feeling sad or unhappy.
- Reduced or loss of interest or pleasure in everyday activities.
- Insomnia or oversleeping.
- Restlessness or agitation. Wringing hands, pacing, and/or pacing.
- Easy to distraction, indecisiveness, and decreased concentration.
- Feeling as if you're worthless or guilty, focusing on past failures or holding yourself responsible when things are going wrong.
- Thoughts of dying, death or suicide.
- Physical pain or problems with no explanation.
- Frustration or irritability over matters big and small.
- Diminished sex drive.
- Appetite changes. Depression can either cause lack of appetite and weight loss, or cause an increase in eating and weight gain.
- Slower thinking, body movement, or speaking.
- Tiredness, fatigue, less energy. (Even doing minor jobs seem difficult to accomplish.)
- Difficulty concentrating, thinking, making decisions and remembering things.
- Crying for periods of time with no apparent reason.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you need to act as soon as possible. Talk with a family member or friend and let them know what is happening. The next thing is to get help from a doctor, or mental health provider.