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Feeling miserable from time to time is a normal thing we mostly go through and can to an extent be seen as part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness, helplessness and despair take hold and tends to get stuck and refuses to go away, you may have depression. Depression makes it pretty hard to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just trying to get through the day can be very intense. But no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better. By understanding the cause of your depression and figuring out the different symptoms and types of depression.

In order to really understand the symptoms of depression, one need to know what Depression actually means; yeah! it’s okay if you don’t know what the word means, in this article I will try my best to give a detailed explanation of what ‘Depression’ means and the general symptoms of how to know someone is depressed.

What is Depression?

Depression is a common and weak mood disorder. It is more than just sadness in response to life’s struggles and setbacks, depression take over how you think, feel, and function in daily activities. It can interfere with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, reason and enjoy life.

Depression is a serious but treatable disorder that affects millions of people, from all gender, age, race and walks of life. It gets in the way of everyday life, causing great pain, hurting not just those suffering from it, but also impacting everyone around the people affected.

While some people describe depression as “living in a black hole” or having a feeling of looming doom, others feel lifeless, empty, and apathetic.

Symptoms of Depression

Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It is important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they have lasted—the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression. Below are some of the top and common symptoms of depression:

  1. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. A miserable outlook—nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
  2. Wants to be left alone. You most times want to close every access to reaching you.
  3. Anger or irritability. Feeling agitated, restless, or even violent. Your tolerance level becomes low, your temper short, and everything and everyone gets on your nerves for no reason.
  4. Loss of interest in daily activities. You don’t care anymore about past hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex. Your ability to feel joy and pleasure automatically leave you.
  5. Appetite or weight changes. Major weight loss or weight gain—a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
  6. Concentration problems. Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things, and always off-minded.
  7. Self-hate. Robust feelings of worthlessness or self-blame. You harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults and mistakes.
  8. Sleep changes. Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping.
  9. Reckless behavior. You engage in escapist behavior such as substance abuse, compulsive gambling, getting drunk, reckless driving, tasting for suicide or dangerous sports.
  10. Loss of energy. Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained. Your whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks are exhausting or take much longer time to complete.
  11. Unforeseen aches and pains. An increase in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain, stomach pain, and aching muscles.

In conclusion, depression is deadly and when noticed in a friend, family member or any person(s); it should be given the needed attention as it will go a long way in saving lives.

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