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8 Common Signs of Depression

Source: WebMD, Healthline

Everyone experiences sadness from time to time: it’s part of the human experience. The term “depressed” is often used interchangeably with the terms “sad” or “unhappy.” However, although sadness is a common symptom of depression, major depressive disorder is a much more complex and serious mental health condition.

When someone has major depressive disorder, they may not recognize that they are exhibiting the signs and symptoms of the condition. If depression is suspected, seeking professional help is recommended.

Signs and symptoms of depression include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Loss of interest
    Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed is a common symptom of depression.
  2. Persistent sadness
    Persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness are major signs of depression.
  3. Doubt and blame
    Doubting and blaming oneself for every adverse situation that develops in life is also a sign of depression. This is often paired with low self-esteem.
  4. Changes in sleeping patterns
    Another sign of depression is changes in sleeping patterns, such as trouble falling/staying asleep or sleeping too much.
  5. Isolation
    Depression often results in the desire to isolate. Motivation to socialize is greatly reduced due to feelings of despair and hopelessness.
  6. Reduced sex drive
    Depression can also affect sex drive. Little to no interest in sexual activity may occur due to loss of libido.
  7. Changes in eating habits and body weight
    Major changes in appetite and body weight are also signs of depression. Loss of appetite can cause weight loss; whereas, comfort eating to relieve depression symptoms can cause weight gain.
  8. Thoughts of self-harm
    If thoughts of self harm are experienced, communicated, or suspected, a health care professional should be contacted immediately.
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