10 Common Symptoms of Depression

Every year, approximately 9.5% of the American population suffers from depression. Depression is a serious illness that affects day-to-day life and destroys families. Depression is an illness that controls the mind and its functions causing loss of appetite, sleeplessness, mood swings, and a deep sense of despair. 

The symptoms of depression are varied and the severity changes with time. Depression can be an inherited disorder, caused by other illnesses, or stress. Women sometimes experience depression more than men. Some have speculated that hormonal swings, menstrual cycle changes, pregnancy, miscarriage, pre-menopause, and post-menopause can be factors.

Common symptoms are:

1.    An unshakable sadness, anxiety, or emptiness.

2.    Overwhelming hopelessness accompanied by pessimistic feelings.

3.    Extreme guilt, feelings of helplessness, and a low sense of self worth.

4.    Loss of energy, a slowing down of metabolism, and activity levels. Being plagued by constant fatigue.

5.    A sense of helplessness along with an increasing inability to focus and indecisiveness.

6.     Loss of sound sleep and development of extreme insomnia.

7.    Inexplicable weight loss or weight gain. Triggered by loss of appetite or eating binges.

8.    Brooding and suicidal inclinations.

9.    Irritability, short temper, as well as restlessness.

10.    Physical afflictions like headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain for no particular reason.

If you experience several of these symptoms, along with a marked change in behavior, consult your health professional. You may also have an option in a Depression research study.