Category: Mental Health

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.

Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC)

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 to find help.


Exercise and improve your mental health

We’ve all heard someone say how much better they feel when they exercise. I know that I always feel better when I exercise daily.

Many studies and personal anecdotes show us the benefits of exercise are many and include:

  • feeling better about ourselves,
  • losing weight,
  • sleeping better, and
  • being able to eat more are often mentioned.

We are also more than likely equally familiar with the reasons we cannot or do not exercise; such as, not having enough time, it’s too expensive to join a gym, or it’s boring.

Clinical research and anecdotal reports extol the virtues of exercise in both physiological and psychological arenas.

Exercise can help

Exercise can help:

  • Reduce your risk of heart problems
  • Reduce your risk of some cancers and other illnesses
  • Decrease symptoms of anxiety
  • Decrease stress
  • Decrease symptoms of depression
  • Elevate mood

  • Improve self-esteem
  • Increase feelings of well-being – psychological and
    physical

How does exercise make us feel better?

Endorphins, our natural opiates, may account, in part, for the elevated mood experienced after exercise. This is often referred to as the “runner’s high”.

Distraction helps

Another mechanism that may contribute to feeling better after exercising is being distracted. We often temporarily forget about our stressors as we focus on and accomplish our exercise routine.
This distraction may allow us to return to life with a fresh perspective.

We are all busy, especially if have kids. For too many of us limited time and money are realities. Don’t despair – there are ways to work around these obstacles. And the
benefits will outweigh the costs – of course!! Here are some ideas:

  • Buy hand weights or dumbbells at reasonable prices
  • Walk around your neighborhood or up the stairs at
    work or school

30 minutes a day

Even 30 minutes a day, can benefit you.

Use your mental downtime to your advantage by exercising during this
time rather than snacking or watching TV. By-the-way extensive Research shows that moderate exercise will give you more of an energy boost than eating junk food or being a couch potato.