Depression Signs & Symptoms

Everybody feels sad, and it is completely normal to feel depressed on occasion. In fact, it is a healthy and typical response to loss, insult and difficult challenges. The problem is when the depression takes such a toll on a person that it disables him from living his habitual life and performing his routine functions. If depression seeps in this deeply, a medical health professional must be contacted.

Depression can lead people to harm themselves and others. It is very important to seek help for yourself or people you know who portray its signs and symptoms. About 50% of depressed patients do not seek help and obtain treatment for their depression. If left untreated and unmanaged, depression is likely to worsen and hang on for years.

(*If you live in Florida and suffer from depression, then you may be interested to know that we are enrolling people for a depression clinical trial in DeLand, FL.)

Depression causes unbearable suffering and hopelessness. It gives patients the desire to become suicidal and harmful. Its symptoms can be terrorizing and agonizing. Astoundingly, about 10% of people with depression commit suicide.

Symptoms of depression include the following:

-Deep sadness
-Trouble concentrating
-Compromised memory for details
-Difficulty making decisions
-Lack of vigor
-Increased distractibility
-Feeling worthlessness
-Guilty conscience
-Feelings of helplessness
-Gastrointestinal problems
-Easily frustrated
-Lack of sex drive
-Trouble sleeping
-Sleeping more than usual
-Loss of interest in hobbies
-Excessive eating
-Weight gain
-Loss of appetite
-Weight loss
-Thoughts of committing suicide
-Suicidal attempts
-Obsession with death
-Becoming socially isolated
-Avoiding social interactions
-Fixations on past failures and mistakes
-Mood swings
-Taking potentially fatal risks
-Making changes to a Last Will and Testament document and other ways of tying up loose ends in life
-Saying goodbye to relatives and friends
-Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
-Suffering work performance and/or schoolwork

Depression hotlines:

-1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
-1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
-1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)

If you or a loved one is feeling suicidal, immediately do the following:

-Call 911
-Go to a hospital/take patient to a hospital


-Medical professional
-Your doctor
-Social worker
-Pastor, Minister, Rabbi or other religious leader
-Loved one who can help you

The first step towards treatment is the hardest: recognizing that they have depression. There are medications, psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists available to treat depression in those who come or are brought forward to them. If you feel uncomfortable speaking with a doctor contact a religious leader or loved one who can help you. Seek help and don’t become part of the 10% statistic.

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