This is a state of being in a low mood and aversion to activity that can affect thoughts, feelings, behavior, and sense of well being. When depressed you may feel empty, hopeless, sad, anxious, worried, guilty, hurt, irritable and restless. One may experience loss of appetite, lose interest in activities that were once pleasurable and even having problems in concentrating and remembering details, and making important decisions, and this may even lead to contemplating committing suicide.
Signs and symptoms of Depression – Depression varies from one person to the other but has some common signs and symptoms. These symptoms includes
Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness – This is a bleak outlook which shows you that nothing will ever get better and nothing you can do to improve the situation.
Loss of interest in daily activities – You feel you don’t have any interest in your hobbies, social activities, past times, or sex. You may completely lose the ability to feel joy and pleasure.
Changes in Symptoms of Depression
Appetite and Weight – have a significant weight gain or weight loss, a change which may be more than 5% body weight in a month.
Changes in your sleep – You may experience insomnia, waking up early in the morning hours or oversleeping.
Anger or irritability – You feel agitated, restless or even violent, have a low tolerance level, short temper, and everyone and everything gets into your nerves.
Loss of energy – you feel fatigued, physically drained and sluggish. Small tasks makes you feel exhausted and may take long time to finish and your body may feel heavy.
Self loathing – you get strong feeling that you are worthless, or feel guilty. You criticize yourself harshly for perceived mistakes and faults.
Concentration problems – Having troubles in remembering things, making decisions and being focused.
Having reckless behavior – you engage in behavior like compulsive gambling, drug abuse, dangerous sports and reckless driving.
Unexplained pains and aches –you may have increased physical complaints which may include back pain, aching muscles, headaches, and stomach pains.
The road to discovery is not the same in every person as this depends on how strong or weak your symptoms are or have been. These are some of the ways you may use to recover.
Ask for help and support – How you feel when depressed is not the reality of your situation. What you need is to start step by step and have a strong system in place. This will help in speeding your recovery process because you cannot do it alone. Your family support is very important because it will decrease the feeling of being isolated, which may fuel the depression.
Make healthy lifestyles changes – It’s not always easy to change lifestyle, but this may have a great impact on depression. Some of these changes are doing regular exercises and enough sleep, managing stress, practicing relaxation techniques, by eating healthy foods to boost your moods, challenge all negative thoughts and patterns, and by cultivating relationships that will support you.
Seek professional help – If you have supporting family and friends and have a positive lifestyle, it still may not be enough to make you recover from depression. You most importantly need an effective treatment which may include medication, psychotherapy, and other alternative treatments.