Depression is one of the most common diseases in the planet today. According to studies, approximately 14 million Americans have some form of depression and more than 80% of this number does not get any treatment for their illness. Because depression is common most people would think that spotting its symptoms would be easier. Fact is, many people do not like to talk about depression. According to Dave Galson of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, people do not like to talk about it because of the stigma attached to depression. Unlike fractures and other diseases there is no straightforward test for depression. This is why it is important to learn about the symptoms of this disease.
- Weight Loss/Gain
Weight loss/gain is a sign of depression because depressed people either lose an interest in food or use it to fill an emotional hole.
- Too Much/Too Little Sleep
Depressed people either spend the majority of the day sleeping while others cannot get a wink of sleep.
- Body Aches
Contrary to popular belief, depressed people actually have physical symptoms. Various aches and pains in the body can signify depression. People who are suffering from depression and arthritis will usually find their pain magnified because of the former.
This is perhaps one of the more common symptoms of depression. Though people get angry or irritable for many different reasons, depressed people will suddenly find that things that do not usually bother them will suddenly become bothersome and annoying.
According to the experts, depressed people will usually manifest alcoholism. This is ironic in the sense that alcoholism contributes to depression, not the other way around.
- Lack or No Sex Drive
A lack of interest in sex is a classic symptom of depression. When a person is in a relationship, they will find that they will force themselves to have sex with their partners in order to not feel guilty. This in turn will push them deeper into depression.
- Problems At Work
Depression can have a serious impact on your work or career. Many depressed people find it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings and go to work. Most of the time they will feel many of the above symptoms while at work such as irritability, sleepiness and our last symptom lack of concentration.
- Little or No Concentration
Depressed people often find themselves in a world of their own. When this happens they will have trouble concentrating. This in turn can affect their work and relationships.
The most important thing to remember is that help is available. While depression can be taboo with some people, there are professionals who are ready to help. The first step is to admitting that you need help.