Depression is more than sadness
Updated: May 9
Depression is a common mental health ailment that can affect anyone at some point in their lives. It can cause various symptoms, making it difficult to enjoy life or carry out daily activities.
Some of the most common symptoms of depression are listed below:
Feelings of sadness or hopelessness: People with depression often feel sad, empty, or hopeless for long periods. They may lose interest in things they once enjoyed (known as anhedonia) and feel like they can never be happy again.
Changes in appetite and sleep patterns: Marked or subtle changes in appetite and sleep patterns and be contributed to depression. Some people may eat more than usual and lose weight, while others may eat less and lose weight. They may also have trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.
Lack of energy and fatigue: People with depression can feel tired and lack energy, making it difficult to do things they used to enjoy or even carry out simple tasks.
Difficulty concentrating: Depression can make it hard to focus or make decisions. People may feel forgetful and need help remembering things.
Aches and pain: People with depression also experience somatic physical complaints like headaches, stomach aches, and muscle pain that doesn't go away with treatment.
Thoughts of self-harm or suicide: Depression can lead to thoughts of self-harm or suicide, especially if left untreated. If you or someone you love are experiencing these thoughts, seeking help is essential.
It's important to remember that everyone experiences depression differently; some people may not have all these symptoms. If you or a loved one are experiencing depression, you must talk to a mental health professional for help. With proper treatment, many people can manage their symptoms and live happier and more fulfilling lives.
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Dr. Kameko McGuire
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Founder, New Hope Mental Health and Wellness
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This article is based on information from reputable sources such as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The specific sources used for this article include:
National Institute of Mental Health. (2021, December). Depression. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
World Health Organization. (2021). Depression. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression