7 Common Symptoms of Clinical Depression
Symptoms of Clinical Depression
1. Alterations in sleep pattern (insomnia or oversleeping)
2. Changes in eating habits (overeating or barely eating at all) and weight
3. Unexplained physical problems like headaches, stomachaches, or other digestive problems
4. Neglect of personal appearance or hygiene
5. Loss of interest or enjoyment in activities that were formerly pleasurable, like spending time with friends, hobbies, sporting activities, or even sex
6. Fatigue, accompanied by feelings of emptiness, worthlessness, hopelessness
7. Anxiety or irritability
There are different forms of depression, so symptoms of clinical depression may vary in type and degree:
Major Depression: Inability to experience enjoyment, in episodic occurrences with moderate to severe symptoms; episodes of depression may occur only once in a lifetime, but are more often reoccurring
Dysthymia: Chronic depression or “low mood;” less severe than major depression, but the long-term symptoms prevent the sufferer from feeling positive and functioning at his or her full ability
Bipolar Disorder: Condition in which the sufferer feels alternating periods of depression and mania (unusual elation and activity)
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Episodic depression brought about by decreased exposure to sunlight as the seasons change
If you recognize the above symptoms of clinical depression in yourself or someone you care about, seek help immediately. Talk with your loved one and be as supportive as you can, even if this person seems altered and says hurtful things that normally he or she wouldn’t even think. You might want to accompany this person to a therapy session, as it can take a lot of courage to seek help. Having someone to lean on can help when seeking professional counseling.
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