Common Depression Symptoms
There are many different kinds of depression symptoms and quite frankly, they may surprise you. They will vary depending on the type of depressive disorder you might have. Symptoms can manifest themselves physically, mentally, emotionally - a large variety of ways. How it manifests in someone may depend on what type they have, their family history, whether they've been diagnosed in the past, have they taken anti-depressants before and several other variables.
If you feel you may have a depressive disorder you can take a depression test to learn more.
Either way, depression symptoms are important to recognize them early on, obtain a formal diagnosis from a professional so that the disorder can be properly treated and treated with success! In the meantime, if you want to take a depression test, I have several for you to choose from.
When evaluating whether depressive disorder exists, a person should feel the depression symptoms below for at least 2 consecutive weeks. The longer the symptoms exist, the more likely it is to be a clinical depressive disorder and not just a sadness triggered by an event. These signs include the following:
Feelings of loneliness
Over-eating or binge eating
Drinking too much
Loss of appetite
Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much)
Low levels of energy, feeling lethargic
Lack of interest in participating in festivities
Feelings of hopelessness, frustration and/or anxiety
Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
Again, this is a list of general symptoms. Your symptoms may vary depending on the type of depressive disorder you are suffering with. You can take a depression self test to determine if you are potentially clinically depressed.
When people are feeling depressed they tend to comfort themselves in various ways. Sometimes it is sleeping more often than usual - not wanting to get out of bed. Other times it is comforting oneself with food so the individual will experience excessive weight gain. And, of course, let's not forget misuse or even abuse of alcohol or drugs. Often times, a way to self medicate, escape from the feelings of hopelessness, and give up on life.
If you want to learn more, I encourage you to go through my site and learn about the different types of depression to determine which one you might be struggling with. And, again, consider taking a depression test to gain more insight on whether or not you may have a depressive disorder.
While a depression quiz is not a diagnosis method, it can give you another reference point and give you a better idea of just how depressed you really are. A very popular test is the
Becks Depression Inventory
test. It is a test that I use frequently with my clients.
Once you get an idea as to what you are faced with, you can then begin to explore depression treatment options, depression medications, and depression therapy options.
It is important to note that the depression symptoms will vary depending on the disorder so one size does not fit all here. Rather, they vary based on the type, severity and the person.
If you feel you might have a depressive disorder then it is important to get formerly diagnosed and seek proper treatment.
Depression and Weight Gain: An article that discusses the link between depressive disorder and weight gain
Symptoms of Severe Depression: How Do They Differ?: An article that compares and contrasts symptoms of depressive disorders
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Warning! The Signs of Postpartum Depression: This is very real and can be very serious. Recognize the signs early!
Top 7 Physical Symptoms of Depression: A review of the top 7 most commonly experienced physical symptoms of depressive disorders.
Alcoholism and Depression: Partners in Crime!: A review of how depressive disorders and alcohol go hand in hand and the effects it has on the recovery process.
Signs of Clinical Depression: What to Look Out For: A comprehensive article that outlines the warning signs for clinical depressive disorders .
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