Watch for these depression warning signs
Have you experienced a few of these depression symptoms within the same two week period?
This could indicate an episode of depression; especially if you are experiencing a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure.
Or do you recognise the warning signs in someone close to you?
The symptoms should not be because of another illness, drugs abuse or prescription medications.
Check the list and then do something to deal with the condition.
Depression Warning Signs
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness and pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that you once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or over-sleeping
- Appetite and/or weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
Use this list of symptoms as a guide to help you understand depression. Don’t use it to diagnose yourself. If you have some of these symptoms, don’t focus on how many symptoms you have. Instead, talk to someone – your doctor, family member, minister, friend – about how you have been feeling, to see if he/she can help.