How to Identify the 11 Key Signs of Depression
How are You Feeling?
Have you been depressed lately? Do you have feelings of hopelessness?
Are you wondering why you are sad more often than you care to admit?
If you are experiencing any of these feelings, you’ve come to the right place!
This article will shed light on the signs and symptoms of depression to help you identify exactly what you’re going through.
My Experience with Depression
Periodically, throughout my life, I’ve been depressed. It’s totally scary to admit that to you, but I want you to know you aren’t alone.
I had three knee surgeries 4 years ago and the recovery process was difficult. Being under anesthesia three times in 6 months can make one “feel the blues” more often than desired.
In my experience, there wasn’t a magic pill to make everything better. However medication leveled the playing field so I had a fighting chance to feel better and clear my mind.
In fact, I had to try several different antidepressants before I found one that worked for me. Finding he right medication was a God-send!
It is extremely important to communicate with your doctor if you notice your symptoms are getting worse and not getting better.
Eleven Key Signs of Depression
Depression is real and it is experienced by the multitudes. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 8% of Americans have some form of depression. (CDC, 2017).
We cannot sweep this topic under the rug and hope it will go away.
Awareness is the first step to help and healing.
Here are Eleven Key Signs of Depression:
- Lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed.
- Withdrawal from social interactions/isolation
- Lack of motivation
- Persistent and unexplained sadness/anxiety/crying
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Decreased Energy
- Appetite Changes,
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Thoughts of death and suicide
- Restlessness and Irritability
Suffering in silence is never the answer. Hope and healing are available to you! Check out this blog post for effective ways to get help!
Then, talk with a trusted friend, pastor, or a counselor, so they can put you in touch with a doctor or mental health facility for an assessment.
Even though your situation feels hopeless, there is Hope for you to find peace and happiness in your life.
Let’s Talk About it!
What has helped you in your times of depression?
Do you have any helpful solutions for someone who might be suffering from depression?
Center for Disease Control Depression Stats
American Journal of Psychiatry (1996) Treatment outcomes for primary care patients with major depression and lifetime anxiety disorders. Volume 153 Issue 10, October 1996, pp. 1293-1300.