Depression is a mental health disorder that causes negative feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness that can last for weeks or months. Depression can make it difficult to do everyday activities like going to work or school, eating, sleeping, or socialising. While everyone experiences sadness and grief at some point in their lives, depression is different because it interferes with daily life and lasts for an extended period. Depression is also associated with physical symptoms like pain, fatigue, and changes in appetite.
Depression can be caused by many factors such as genetics, stress, traumatic life events, and substance abuse. It can also occur alongside other mental health disorders like anxiety or bipolar disorder. While there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for depression, most people benefit from a combination of medication, therapy (cognitive-behavioural therapy or interpersonal therapy), and self-care strategies like exercise and relaxation techniques.
If you think you may be suffering from depression, you must see a mental health professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Depression is a treatable condition, so there is no need to suffer in silence. Here are some signs that you may be experiencing depression:
You feel sad, down, or hopeless most of the time
Depression is a severe mental illness that causes people to feel sad, down, or hopeless most of the time. While everyone experiences occasional sadness, depression is different because it lasts for weeks or months at a time and interferes with daily activities. Some common symptoms of depression include guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness; fatigue and decreased energy; changes in appetite or weight; difficulty concentrating; sleep disturbances; and thoughts of death or suicide. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is essential to seek professional help. Depression is a treatable illness, and there are many effective treatments available. With proper treatment, most people with depression can improve their symptoms and live healthy, productive lives.
You have lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy
Depression is a mental health disorder that can significantly impact a person’s life. It can cause people to feel sad and hopeless for long periods, leading to a loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. People who are depressed may also feel tired and worthless and have difficulty thinking clearly or concentrating. Depression can make it hard for people to function at work or school and cause them to withdraw from family and friends.
You have experienced a change in appetite or weight
Did you know that more than 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression? It is one of the most common mental health disorders. Depression can cause a wide range of symptoms, including changes in appetite and weight. Many people with depression experience significant weight gain or loss.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from depression, it is essential to seek help. There are many treatments available, including medication and therapy. If you are struggling with your mental health, do not hesitate to seek help. There is no shame in seeking treatment for depression. You are not alone.
You are sleeping more or less than usual.
It’s normal to feel sad or down sometimes, but if you’re persistently unhappy for weeks, you may suffer from depression. Depression is a severe mental health disorder that can prevent you from leading an everyday, happy life. If you think you may be depressed, getting help from a professional is essential. Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person. Still, some common signs include: feeling sad or hopeless most of the time, losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, sleeping more or less than usual, experiencing changes in appetite, feeling restless or irritable all the time, and having trouble concentrating or making decisions. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please see your doctor immediately.
You have difficulty concentrating or making decisions.
One sign that you may be depressed is if you have difficulty concentrating or making decisions. This could be especially true if the tasks at hand used to be easy for you but now seem impossible. Another sign is if you have lost interest in activities that used to please you. You may withdraw from friends and family members or feel like everything is an effort. If you are feeling guilty or self-hating all the time, this could also be a sign of depression. And finally, if suicidal thoughts are constantly on your mind, getting help immediately is essential.
You feel worthless or guilty.
One of the most common symptoms of depression is feeling unworthy or guilty about things that wouldn’t usually bother you. You may feel like you’re a burden to others or don’t deserve anything good in life. This can lead to a cycle of negative thoughts and feelings that only perpetuates the depressive state. If you’re suffering from depression, it’s essential to seek professional help so that you can start to feel better about yourself and your life.
You have thoughts of death or suicide.
Depression can also lead to thoughts of death or suicide. If you feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless, you may consider suicide as a way to end your pain. It’s important to realise that these feelings are part of depression, not reality. If you have suicidal thoughts, it’s vital to immediately get help from a mental health professional or suicide hotline.
Warning signs that someone may be considering suicide include:
- Talking about wanting to die or hurt oneself
- expressing feelings of hopelessness
- talking about being a burden to others
- increasing alcohol or drug abuse
- withdrawing from friends and activities
- abnormal mood swings
- giving away prized possessions
- writing a will
- putting affairs in order
- saying goodbye to people
If you are worried that someone you know may be considering suicide, don’t leave them alone. Try to get them to talk to you about how they’re feeling. If they refuse to speak or say they’re okay, don’t be afraid to ask directly if they are thinking about harming themselves. You can also call a suicide hotline in your area for help and support.
The Montgomery Counselling Group is here to help you if you are struggling with depression. We offer various services to help you on your journey to recovery, including individual counselling, group therapy, and medication management. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
We look forward to helping you feel like yourself again.