Symptoms of Major Depression

Symptoms of Major DepressionDepression can affect people of all ages; children, teens, adults and seniors can all experience depression that damages their physical, psychological and physiological health. When people think about depression, they may think about the emotional symptoms of depression, including the following problems:

  • Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
  • Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Agitation or restlessness — for example, pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
  • Irritability or angry outbursts
  • Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration

In additional to the emotional damage, depression can bring about the following physical symptoms:

  • Reduced sex drive
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Changes in appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it increases cravings for food, thus leading to weight gain
  • Fatigue — even small tasks may require considerable effort
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

However, when a person struggles with depression, the combined emotional and physical impacts can induce the following mental effects:

  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself when things go wrong
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering
  • Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason

In effect, depression takes over your entire being and patients feel stuck in a lifestyle they do not know how to change.

Reactions to Depression

According to the Mayo Clinic, untreated depression can result in many problems that affect every area of life. Complications associated with depression can include the following:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Work or school problems
  • Family conflicts
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Social isolation
  • Suicide
  • Self-mutilation, such as cutting
  • Premature death from other medical conditions

Depression requires professional treatment, so avoiding help can initiate behaviors that are even more harmful and destructive.

Treatment for Depression

While professionals who treat depression often prescribe medication, they also encourage psychotherapy. If you are reluctant to seek professional attention, consider the following strategies:

  • Learn about depression
  • Pay attention to warning signs
  • Get exercise
  • Avoid alcohol and illegal drugs
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Investigate dietary supplements and vitamins that treat depression
  • Try mind-body connection strategies such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, guided imagery and massage therapy

However, if these alternative strategies do not relieve your depression, seek professional help.

Get Help for Depression

The sooner you get help, the greater the likelihood that you can recover. To be assured of confidentiality and to get answers to your questions, call our toll-free helpline now as we are available 24 hours a day. We want to help you find the right treatment program to handle depression and can provide you with information about insurance and treatment resources. We are here to help, so give us a call now.