Depression is an illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness, loss of interest in life, and even unexplained physical symptoms.
Depression (aka major depression, major depressive disorder, and clinical depression) affects how you think, feel, and behave. Depression can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. People with depression often struggle with normal day to day activities and often feel as though life isn't worth living.
Depression symptoms include:
- Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
- Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
- Reduced sex drive
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Changes in appetite — possibly leading to weight loss or weight gain
- Agitation or restlessness — e.g. pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
- Irritability or angry outbursts
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
- Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things aren't going right
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
- Constant procrastination of even small tasks
It is hard to overcome depression without the proper tools. If you experience any of the symptoms above or think you may be depressed please speak to a health professional.