It is common to feel blue once in a while in your life. As human beings, we are vulnerable to emotions. Being depressed after failing your job or struggling in a relationship does not mean you have depression. However, if you are experiencing extreme anxiety or overwhelming feelings of sadness that mess up your life, you need to seek medical help.
Common signs of depression
The National Institute of Mental Health has come up with a list of symptoms of depression, including:
- Short attention span
- Poor memory
- Feeling of guilt
- Disappointment in yourself
- Abnormal sleep patterns: either excessive sleeping or insomnia
- Loss of interest, even in sex
- Changes in eating habits: either increased or decreased appetite
- Physical pain that can not be relieved with medications
- Feelings of emptiness
- Suicidal thoughts and attempts
Signs of suicide with depression
Depression is a leading cause of suicides. Suicidal intentions should be taken extremely serious. Alarming signs of suicide with depression are:
- A sudden mood swing from sadness to happiness
- Constant talking about death
- Taking risks that may lead to death
- Absolute loss of interest
- Talking about hopelessness
- Acts of tying up loose ends, making a will
- Reach out the loved ones
- Talking about suicide
If you experience the symptoms above, you need to seek the help of an expert.
How will the symptoms be diagnosed
To give you a full diagnosis, your doctor will need to know everything about your medical history, following up by a physical exam since many medical conditions can cause symptoms of depression. You should tell your doctor when you first experience those symptoms, how long they last, and how severe they are. Your family history is important, too. People with family history of depression or substance abuse tend to develop depression.
How are the symptoms treated
If your symptoms stem from another illness, addressing the illness will ward off your depression. But if there is no underlying issue, your doctor will refer you to an expert (maybe a psychologist or a psychiatrist) help you get the best treatment. Available options include antidepressants, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.
If left untreated, depression may get worse over time, even lead to suicide. It is important to recognize symptoms of depression so that you can have early treatments. With proper medications and therapy, you will be able to regain your motivation and confidence to live a happy life.
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