Symptoms of Depression
Many times a person feels sad, down, or depressed. It's a normal reaction to loss, life's struggles, or injuries on self-esteem. But when these feelings become overwhelming and start causing physical symptoms and last for a long period of time, these things can restrict a person from leading a happy and normal life.
That's when it's time to seek medical help. Visiting a regular doctor can be a good place to start. They will help the victim to test depression and help him in managing it.
If it goes untreated, it may get worst and be with the victim for months or even years. It can seriously cause pain and may possibly lead to a suicide attempt or even suicide, 1 out of 10 people die because of suicide with depression.
Recognizing the symptoms is key. Unfortunately, about half the people who have depression never get it diagnosed or treated because they don't know they are carrying depression with them.
They can include:
1. Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
3. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
4. Pessimism and hopelessness
5. Insomniac(they don't sleep all night), morning stress after getting up , or too much sleeping
8. Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, including sex
9. Overeating, or appetite loss
10. Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won't go away
11. Digestive problems that don't get better, even with treatment
12. Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
13. Suicidal thoughts or attempts
There isn't a "depression test" a doctor can do to see if you have it or not, so figuring that out often starts with a thorough history and physical exam.
Your doctor will want to know:
1. When your symptoms started
2. How long they've lasted
3. How severe they are
4. If depression or mental diseases are in your family or your parents
5. If you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse
The patient will be also be asked if they had any of the above symptoms of depression before.
Are There Warning Signs of Suicide With Depression?
Depression carries a high risk of suicide. Suicidal thoughts or intentions are serious. Warning signs include:
1. A sudden switch from sadness to extreme calmness, or appearing to be happy
2. Always talking or thinking about death
3. Deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping as well as eating and it gets worse with time
4. Taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights
5. Putting up statements like being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
6. Putting affairs in order, like tying up loose ends or changing a will
7. Saying things like "It would be better if I weren't here" or "I want out"
8. Talking and thinking about suicide
9. Visiting or calling close friends and loved ones
When Should I Seek Help?
1. If your symptoms of depression are causing problems with relationships, work, or your family -- and there isn't a clear solution -- you should see a professional.
2. Talking with a mental health counselor or doctor can help prevent things from getting worse, especially if your symptoms stay for any length of time.
3. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or feelings, get help right away.
4. That condition involves not only changes in mood, but also changes in sleep, energy, appetite, concentration, and motivation.
5. If you have physical symptoms like these and find yourself feeling depressed much of the time for days or weeks, see your doctor.