The word depression is tossed around so casually that it is often not heard when it needs to be. Clinical Depression can be life-threatening. Many people who suffer from clinical depression kill themselves.
Most of us feel sad, lonely, or down at times. It is how we often react to loss and the daily struggles of life. However, when these feelings become overwhelming, cause physical symptoms, and last for long periods of time, they can keep you from leading a normal, active life.
Take a looksee at the following 23 signs and symptoms of clinical depression including:
- Early-morning wakefulness
- Sleeping too much
- Persistently feeling sad
- Persistently feeling anxious
- Persistently feeling “empty”
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble remembering details
- Trouble making decisions
- Feelings of guilt
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Feelings of helplessness
- Feelings of Pessimism
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, including sex
- appetite loss
- Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away
- Digestive problems that don’t get better, even with treatment
- Suicidal thoughts
Clinical depression can creep up on us and weave itself into our lives without us being aware. It is insidious.
If parts of the above list resonate with you, or they appear to apply to a loved one or friend, reach out for help. There is help available. In Canada The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is a great place to begin.