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THE SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of depression can be more obvious to friends, families and mental health professionals. They—versus the individual being afflicted—may be in a better position to connect the constellation of clues and see that depression is the issue.  Below is a checklist of the common symptoms.

NEGATIVE  FEELINGS

Classic depression is classified as having feelings of severe despondency and dejection, lasting more than two weeks. People suffering from low spirits, sadness, and hopelessness often possess feelings of inadequacy and guilt with their depression.

FATIGUE

People with depression will experience emotional changes that can impact their physical health, making them feel overall more tired and unable to move as quickly. Their thought processes will slow down and they will have very little energy to get up and about, and get things done like they used to.

IRRITABILITY

Instead of seeming like a person is down or sad, a person with depression might just be short tempered and irritable. This is particularly common in men, who get angry about their low feelings and can easily lash out.

POOR SLEEP

One might find it difficult to become relaxed enough to fall asleep. Or find that they have to wait hours until falling asleep due to emotional ruminations.

CONCENTRATION ISSUES

As a result of having a lack of interest in daily activities, a person can also begin to find it difficult to concentrate. This is known as psychomotor retardation, meaning that the brain is unable to process information as quickly as it used to, making it practically impossible to complete tasks that would usually be considered easy or at least, achievable.

TROUBLE MAKING DECISIONS

If a person suddenly has trouble making decisions, and they have never acted like this in the past, then it is possible that they are suffering from depression.

ANXIETY

Though anxiety is actually a condition reported by many and diagnosed by itself, it can come hand in hand with depression.

GENERAL STRESS

Those who suffer from depression have difficulty going about their lives, which compounds their existing stress.

WEIGHT CHANGES

Appetite is often affected by depression. Weight loss or gain is common.

SEXUAL ISSUES

Sexual dysfunction is common for depression sufferers—sexual issues include loss of sex drive or inability to perform.

ALCOHOLISM & DRUG ABUSE

Research has shown that people with depression are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs.

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

This is one of the most serious symptoms of having depression, and it involves constant thoughts about killing oneself. These ruminations can quickly manifest into a serious attempt of trying to end one's life, making this a problem that loved ones should address immediately.