23 Signs and Symptoms of Clinical Depression

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.

23 signs and symptoms of clinical depression

Take a looksee at the following 23 signs and symptoms of clinical depression including:

  1. Insomnia
  2. Early-morning wakefulness
  3. Sleeping too much
  4. Fatigue
  5. Persistently feeling sad
  6. Persistently feeling anxious
  7. Persistently feeling “empty”
  8. Trouble concentrating
  9. Trouble remembering details
  10. Trouble making decisions
  11. Feelings of guilt
  12. Feelings of worthlessness
  13. Feelings of helplessness
  14. Feelings of Pessimism
  15. Feelings of hopelessness
  16. Irritability
  17. Restlessness
  18. Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, including sex
  19. Overeating
  20. appetite loss
  21. Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away
  22. Digestive problems that don’t get better, even with treatment
  23. 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.

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