14 Possible Signs of Depression

Compare yourself to the symptoms listed below.  If you see yourself being described, you should take this list to your physician and discuss it with him or her.

14 Possible Signs of Depression

At least five of the following symptoms need to be present every day for at least two weeks when there is no other personal situation (like grief) or medical condition (like drugs or low thyroid) that may be causing the symptoms:

l.    Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood most of the time most days
2.   Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism and low esteem
3.   Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
4.   Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once
enjoyed, including sex
5.   Insomnia, early-morning awakening or oversleeping
6.   Loss of appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
7.   Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down” or agitation that can’t
be controlled
8.   Procrastination, since simple tasks seem harder
9.   Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts, constant feelings of “life
isn’t worth living like this”
10.  Restlessness, irritability, bad temper, never relaxed or content
11.  Difficulty concentrating, remembering and making decisions due to
persistent, uncontrollable cluttering of down, sad, negative thoughts that
can’t be kept out of the mind

Other common symptoms of depression are:

12.  Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as
headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain.
13.  Continuous anxiety that can’t be turned off; uncontrollable worry about
small things, including physical health
14.  Social isolation or withdrawal due to increasing difficulty making small
talk
15.Other relatives with depression, alcoholism or nervous breakdowns
16.  In children, increased irritability, persisting complaints of physical
problems, agitation and unwarranted anxiety or panic, social withdrawal

The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only and does not replace the medical evaluation of a physician.

Contact a counsellor today.

Taken from the book Emotionally Free, Chapter 12.by Grant Mullen M.D.

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