Dr. Nikhil Kanase

Know About the Signs of Depression

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Depression is a mental health disorder that can affect a person’s thoughts, emotions, and behavior. While it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis, here are some common signs and symptoms of depression:

  1. Persistent sadness or low mood: Feeling sad, empty, or hopeless most of the time, often for no apparent reason.
  2. Loss of interest or pleasure: Losing interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyable. Feeling a lack of motivation and finding it hard to derive pleasure from things.
  3. Significant changes in appetite or weight: Experiencing a noticeable increase or decrease in appetite, resulting in weight loss or weight gain.
  4. Sleep disturbances: Changes in sleep patterns, such as insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness or prolonged sleep).
  5. Fatigue and lack of energy: Feeling tired, physically drained, or lacking energy even after restful sleep or minimal exertion.
  6. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt: Having persistent negative thoughts about oneself, feeling excessive guilt or self-blame, and having a diminished sense of self-worth.
  7. Difficulty concentrating or making decisions: Experiencing problems with focus, memory, decision-making, and having trouble completing tasks.
  8. Irritability or restlessness: Feeling agitated, easily irritated, or restless, even over small matters.
  9. Withdrawal from social activities: Withdrawing from social engagements, avoiding friends or family, and isolating oneself from social interactions.
  10. Physical symptoms: Experiencing unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or back pain that are not attributable to any other medical condition.
  11. Thoughts of death or suicide: Having recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal ideation, or making plans for suicide. It’s crucial to seek immediate help if you or someone you know is experiencing this symptom.

It’s important to note that experiencing a few of these symptoms occasionally does not necessarily indicate depression. However, if you notice these signs persisting for an extended period (typically two weeks or more) and interfering with daily life, it’s advisable to consult a mental health professional for an evaluation and appropriate support.