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How to Recognize the Signs of Depression

How to Recognize the Signs of Depression

Everyone experiences the "blues" at some time or another due to difficulties they encounter in life. However, when blue feelings transform into overwhelming sadness, anger or despair, you could be suffering from depression.

Depression can creep up on anyone at any time, making it difficult for you to continue with your normal life. Symptoms of depression may vary from person to person, but the results are often the same; depression can rob you of your happiness, health and purpose for living. Depression can affect both your physical and mental health, leaving you with little to look forward to in life. By recognizing the signs of depression, you can protect yourself or your loved ones from this devastating condition and seek help. Some of the most common symptoms of depression include:

Mood Swings

Depressed people often experience extreme mood swings, being happy one minute and sad the next. Sad feelings may linger for days, weeks or months at a time, without any real reason. Depression may also cause you to feel ill-tempered and impatient with others, prompting emotional outbursts for no apparent reason.  

Loss of Interest in Life

Depression can take the interest out of hobbies or social activities you once enjoyed, leaving you with few aspirations in life. You may see no purpose in pursuing favorite past times or going out with family or friends. A loss of interest in social activities and a gradual withdrawal from others are common symptoms among those who are depressed.  

Physical Lethargy

Depression may cause you to feel physically and mentally drained. Your brain may feel confused, tired or cloudy, making it difficult for you to think, talk or complete daily tasks. You may experience physical or mental exhaustion even though you haven’t exerted yourself in any way throughout the day.

Change in Appetite

A drastic change of appetite could signal a problem with depression. Some people overeat when they’re depressed while others completely lose interest in food altogether, resulting in extreme weight loss. Extreme weight loss or gain due to drastic changes in appetite could cause additional health problems.

Depression can take the interest out of hobbies or social activities you once enjoyed, leaving you with few aspirations in life. You may see no purpose in pursuing favorite past times or going out with family or friends.

Poor Sleep  

Depression can alter your sleeping habits, causing problems with insomnia at night or excessive sleep during the day. Both lack of sleep and excessive sleep can cause you to feel overly tired, lethargic and fatigued. This change can be particularly evident in someone who has formerly enjoyed a full and active lifestyle.   

Hopeless Attitude

Depressed people often experience feelings of hopelessness and despair. They may look at their life as worthless and experience all kinds of regrets. Depression may even cause people to have suicidal thoughts or intentions due to being in a despondent state.  

The good news is that depression can be treated. With the help of a professional therapist and the support of family and friends, you can regain a positive outlook and live a happy and productive life free of depression, stress and anxiety. 

At Pearson Funeral Home, we offer grief and healing support to help you through the difficult times you may experience. Contact us today to learn more.