Depression is a serious medical illness; it’s not something that you make up in your head. More than a feeling of being “down in the dumps” or “blue” for a few days, the symptoms of Depression are severe and debilitating. Depression is characterized by feeling “down,” “low” and “hopeless” for weeks at a time. Factors that can contribute to the onset of Depression include stress, poor nutrition, physical illness, personal loss, relationship difficulties and the presence of other physical disorders.
Depression isn’t always easy to detect, and people with depressive conditions can experience different symptoms. It may be expressed through lack of appetite or overeating; insomnia or an unnatural desire to sleep; the abuse of drugs and alcohol; sexual promiscuity; or hostile, aggressive, or risk-taking behavior.
People with Depression Tend to Experience:
Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings; Feelings of hopelessness and / or pessimism; Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and / or helplessness; Irritability, restlessness; Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex; Fatigue and decreased energy; Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions; Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping; Overeating, or appetite loss; Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts; Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.
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