Learn how to recognize the symptoms of depression, and get effective help to overcome this debilitating disorder.
“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation)
Life is full of routine ups and downs, and this means that every single person in this world suffers through moments of despair, heartbreak, and emptiness. But when does feeling sad stop being normal? If you find that you are stuck in a vicious loop of black thoughts, sadness, and despair that just does not seem to end, you may have depression. People who are depressed feel more than just sadness. This condition presents a severe loss of vitality, such that mundane tasks like getting out of bed and taking a shower seem insurmountable. Even the idea of getting through a whole day may seem impossible and overwhelming. What is important to understand is that this feeling will pass because depression is a treatable mental condition.
However helpless and hopeless you might be feeling right now, you can get better. The first step to overcoming depression is understanding the signs and symptoms that you should be watching out for. A treatment plan for depression includes addressing the chemical imbalances in the brain as well as the psychological impact of past traumas that trigger this hopelessly numb state of mind.
Discounting the symptoms of depression as just “a case of the blues” or “mental weakness” can be very detrimental to the health of the patient. If left untreated, the symptoms of clinical depression tend to worsen, and may last for months, if not years. Statistics show that one out of every 10 people who have depression end up committing suicide. The number of patients who resort to self-harm is even higher.
Do you have symptoms of clinical depression?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are many symptoms of depression that you may be feeling simultaneously or periodically. Here is a checklist of symptoms that characterize depression:
This last question is perhaps the most important one. Depression is one of the causal factors for suicide, and as such, needs to be taken very seriously. The deep sense of numbness and hopelessness that depression brings can make a person feel like the only way to end that feeling is to escape the pain of it all through suicide. If someone close to you is talking about self-harm or suicide, seems excessively preoccupied with dying, calls close ones to say goodbye, or expresses thoughts like “Others would be better off with me”, seek professional help for them immediately.
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