Although only a qualified healthcare provider or psychologist can diagnose depression, there are several symptoms that may help you see whether you or someone you know and love suffers from this condition.
In addition to the warning signs listed below, there are also other factors doctors pay attention to when diagnosing a major depressive disorder, for instance, whether the symptoms have been around for two or more weeks, whether they made a significant impact on a person’s life, whether a person abuses certain substances, has any mental disorder or medication side effects, etc.
To find that out a doctor will ask a patient questions about his/her medical history, make some tests and observe the behavior. In order to determine a correct diagnosis you need to trust your doctor and work it out together to find the solution to your problem.
#1. Decreased Pleasure or Interest
This is the most common depression symptoms, as a sufferer isn’t interested in things that were once enjoyed anymore, as well as all or almost all his/her daily activities.
#2. Low Spirits
A person who is feeling depressed might have the feeling of emptiness and sadness, and even cry often. This is another common symptom that helps to define depression.
#3. Problems with Sleep
They may include difficulty falling and staying asleep, feeling sleepy all the time even despite a good rest at nights, daytime sleepiness or insomnia.
Lack of energy manifests itself as having difficulty concentrating, feeling constantly sleepy and decreased threshold for physical exertion.
#5. Feeling Guilty or Worthless
People suffering from depression may feel guilty about things they cannot control. They think they have betrayed someone’s values, but in reality it is the thinking of this person which is distorted. Such feelings may be a result of shame and sometimes even self-harm.
#6. Weight Change
Loss or gain of 5% or more per month when not trying to lose or gain some weight may indicate depression. Children usually fail to gain weight as expected.
#7. Retardation and Psychomotor Agitation
Lethargy, agitation and restlessness may affect people’s daily routine, appearance and behavior. These depression symptoms can be noticed in speech, reaction time and movements of the body. Some call it “brain fog”, which stands for a decreased ability to think clearly, concentrate and make decisions.
#8. Frequents Thoughts of Death
Depressed people often think about death and committing a suicide, though they may not have a specific plan to do it.