What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

Depression is a word commonly used in today’s world to describe our negative attitude and temporal lack of vivacity. But from the medical perspective depression is a serious mood disorder that needs medical treatment. Signs of depression may be exhibited in various ways, sometimes slightly noticeable, ranging from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy. The most severe consequences of depression are thoughts of hopelessness, dejection, death or suicide and suicide attempts.

Signs of depression which is serious, in contrast with seasonal attitude disorder, are characterized by a combination of symptoms that last for at least two weeks in a row, including sad or irritable mood that interfere with the person’s ability to perform the basic activities such as go to work, sleep, eat and enjoy the activities they used to find enjoyable. Difficulties in sleeping or eating can take the form of excessive or insufficient of either behavior, as the signs of depression mean any type of untypical overreaction. These symptoms of depression can as well occur once, twice, or several times in a lifetime.

It is important to know that not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom. Some people experience a few symptoms and some many symptoms to a certain degree. The severity of signs of depression also varies with individuals. The less severe symptoms that precede the more serious ones are called warning signs. When we observe them in our behaviour or in someone we know, we ought not to ignore them, as they will probably augment with time.

If we were to enlist the particular symptoms, they would include: persistently sad, anxious, angry, irritable, or “empty” mood, feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, worthlessness, restlessness, irritability, helplessness, or excessive guilt. Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and pleasurable activities, leading to social isolation by avoiding interactions with family or friends will therefore be the natural consequence of depression. The depressed person will often suffer from insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping, decreased appetite or weight loss, or overeating and weight gain on the other hand. The last signs of depression worth mentioning will manifest in problems with concentration and remembering, constant distractions or problems with decision making.