One of the best ways to diagnosis depression is to look at its signs and symptoms. Generally, people seem to understand that depression is a disease where a person is in low spirits, lacks interest in work, is unable to concentrate and suffers from pessimistic attitude. In short, a depressed person lacks the enthusiasm and vigour of life.
However, the key for pinpointing depression as the true cause is to focus on the length of time and all common symptoms. If you feel depressed and if your depression lingers for more than a few weeks, depression is more likely to be responsible. To further help give a proper diagnosis, one should also determine whether you are suffering with the various signs and symptoms of depression including:
- Loss of interest in regular daily activities
- Feeling sad
- Feeling trouble while focusing or concentrating
- Difficulty making decisions and troubled cognitive behavior
- Unplanned weight loss or gain
- Feeling fatigued or weak
- Feeling worthless
- Loss of sexual interest
- Thoughts of a suicidal nature
- Unexplained physical problems like body aches and pains
Signs and symptoms of depression can appear at any age and at any phase of life. But depression is found more prevalent in elderly and in women. Ironically, it is often seen in the recent times that even teenagers are suffering from this malady.
Teenagers face a host of pressures. Teenagers often tend to be moody, a symptom that is very common in this age. As a result, it makes the understanding of their depression a bit more difficult. In depression, people withdraw from the society and appear to be sad. Alternatively, in teenage depression, the usual reaction of depression is aggression, rage, irritability.
Some of the signs of teenage depression are:
- Sadness or hopelessness
- Irritability, anger, or hostility
- Tearfulness or frequent crying
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
- Restlessness and agitation
- Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
- Lack of enthusiasm and motivation
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Difficulty concentrating
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If your teen suffers from serious teenage depression visit a doctor. The road to your depressed teenager’s recovery may be bumpy, so be patient. Be sympathetic towards your child. A healing touch, a loving hug, kind words goes a long way in making your child feel happy and come out of depression.
Apart from the above signs and symptoms of depressions, there are host of other reasons for depression. They are death of near ones, separation, rejection in love, stress, anxiety, unfulfilled demands and desires of life, etc. Long duration physical ailments or some chronic disease also leads to depression. But there is a vast difference between “feeling depressed” and suffering from clinical depression. The signs and symptoms vary from person to person and they may wax and wane in severity over time.
Some of the clinical depression symptoms are:
- Persistent sadness, unhappiness or irritability
- Lethargy or fatigue
- Inability to enjoy anything beautiful in life
- Sudden change in appetite
- Disruption of normal sleep pattern
- Feeling low in confidence and self-esteem
- Difficulty in thinking and concentration
- Moving about sluggishly
- Recurrent thoughts of suicide.
Depression plays havoc in our life if left untreated. In fact, both our professional and personal life can get disrupted. An important point one must remember is that if signs and symptoms of depression stay for more than a few weeks, medical intervention is necessary.