SYMPTOMS AND WARNING SIGNS YOU MUST LOOK OUT FOR DEPRESSION
Feeling sad time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take over and simply do not go away, you may have depression. Depression makes it difficult to function and enjoy life as you once did. But no matter how hopeless you feel, it can be improved. Learn more about depression - and the things you can do to overcome the problem.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It is important to remember that these symptoms can be part of normal life. But the longer you have symptoms more depressed you are.
The symptoms of depression are:
Feelings of helplessness and despair.
A dark perspective - that nothing will ever improve, and there is nothing you can do to improve your situation.
Loss of interest in daily activities.
They do not care about the old hobbies, leisure activities or sex. The loss in ability to feel joy and pleasure.
Appetite or weight.
Significant weight loss or weight gain - a change of more than 5% of the body weight monthly.
Changes in sleep.
Either insomnia, waking especially in the early morning hours or sleepy.
Anger or irritability.
One feels agitated, restless, or even violent. Their tolerance level is very low.
Feeling tired, slow and physically drained. Your whole body can feel hard, and even small tasks are exhausting.
Types of depression
Depression is much rarer than mild and moderate depression and is characterized by the severe and intransigent symptoms.
If untreated, Major Depression usually takes about six months.
Some people experience an only single episode of depression in their lives, but severe depression can be a recurring disease.
Atypical depression is a common subtype of major depression with a pattern of specific symptoms. It responds better to some identified specific therapies and other medicines.
People with atypical depression experience temporary swings in mood in response to positive events such as a good news, or meeting friends.
Other symptoms of atypical depression include weight gain, stress, increased appetite, excessive drowsiness, heaviness in the arms and legs, and sensitivity to rejection.
Dysthymia (recurrence, mild depression)
Dysthymia is a chronic type of depression which is considered as "low quality". More days than not, depression level is mild to moderate, although one may have short periods of normal mood.
The symptoms of dysthymia are not as strong as the symptoms of depression, but they last a long time (at least two years).
Some people also experience major depressive episodes from dysthymia, this condition is also known as "double depression."
If you suffer from dysthymia, you may feel like you are always depressed or you may think that your low mood is the just the way you are.