Depression is an often misunderstood mental health problem.
If you have depression, you may feel hopeless and unable to enjoy previously enjoyed hobbies, have difficulty sleeping, or make decisions. Symptoms such as physical tiredness are also possible.
Even though more than 264 million individuals worldwide suffer from depression, the symptoms vary from person to person. It can be difficult to identify depression since people experience varied symptoms and forms of despair.
If you’ve been experiencing symptoms such as poor mood, loss of interest, and sleep problems for most of the day for more than two weeks, you may be suffering from depression.
While two people suffering from the same form of depression will not have exactly the same symptoms, there are a few that are typical.
The following are ten of the most common:
- loss of enthusiasm or interest in once-favorite activities
You might use the words “What’s the point?” and “Why bother?” to describe your state of mind for a few weeks at a time. You can think that doing simple household chores, social activities, or even work is worthless.
Perhaps your hobbies include DIY projects and weekend trips to the neighborhood coffee shop with buddies. However, if you’re depressed, these things might not suddenly appeal to you. You might not want to do things or find it difficult to generate the energy to do them.
2. Continuous loss of mood
Many people experience low moods occasionally, but if this sensation persists, it could be a sign of depression.
You can experience a persistent sense of unease. Anxiety symptoms frequently co-occur with depressive symptoms and fears of impending doom.
People who are depressed occasionally say that they feel “flatlined” or numb. They could struggle to feel anything at all, whether it be pleasant or negative, when it happens to them.
3. Difficulty sleeping
Sleep patterns might drastically alter as a result of depression. You might get sleeplessness, for instance. You might find it difficult to fall asleep or that you wake up earlier than usual when you used to wake up later. It’s also possible that something will disturb your sleep, causing you to wake up during the night.
Or you could get hypersomnia instead of having trouble falling asleep (aka oversleeping). Even if you slept for 10 hours straight, you might not feel rested.
Any sleep troubles could make it difficult to do everyday duties.
4. Guilt, sadness, or worthlessness thoughts
Many persons who suffer from depression experience intense guilt over recent or past transgressions, or even feel guilty for having sadness.
Additionally, you might feel self-hatred and low self-esteem. As if there is nothing you can do to feel better, you could also feel despair.
5. Sexual loss of drive
Your desire for sex may decrease if you’re depressed. You could begin to question where your sex drive went.
More guilt may result from this, particularly if your partner finds it difficult to comprehend why you no longer desire this level of intimacy.
A study found that problems with sexual function are a frequent but underreported indicator of depression. The study’s findings revealed that 62.5 percent of the males who took part reported issues with sexual function.
6. Diminished energy, tiredness, or a sense of sluggish
Most people associate depression with its mental and emotional symptoms, but it can also have physical side effects. These physical signs frequently resemble those of other illnesses.
Low energy levels and weariness are common. The feeling of being “bone tired” may persist despite obtaining enough sleep.
When you’re sad, you could also get a sense of everything moving slowly but being so mentally and physically exhausted that you’re unable to keep up.
When you have catatonia in conjunction with depression, you could feel trapped or constantly “paused,” which may frighten people around you.
7. Vacillation or irritability
Depression drains both the mind and the physical. You might start to have a low tolerance for other people’s actions, which could make you irritated or snappish. Occasionally, you might unintentionally snap at a loved one and then feel bad about it.
Additionally, depression might cause restlessness. This might cause you to flit between ideas or actions. You might not even be aware that you’re fidgety.
8. Having trouble focusing, remembering, or deciding
When depression sets in, it might become difficult to concentrate. You might worry that you’re losing the ability to “think straight” or feel as though your brain fog never ends.
Additionally, you can forget important appointments or responsibilities linked to your job, and you might struggle to make even simple decisions.
9. Changes in weight or appetite
Your weight and eating habits may alter as a result of depression.
While some people may experience enhanced appetites, others may experience complete food indifference. Also possible is weight growth or loss without attempting.
10. Suicidal thoughts or decisions
If you’re depressed, you might begin to think that you don’t want to live any more. It’s time to get assistance because this is a serious symptom.
Suicidal thoughts is when a person considers taking their own life. This could take the form of writing or sketching about suicide, deleting social media accounts all at once, or distributing keepsake images or emergency finances.
You can call a hotline for support day or night if you see warning indications that someone may attempt suicide: