Depression signs

The signs of depression can be obvious, or more subtle. Obvious signs of depression are often quickly noticed by family, friends, and doctors, but the more subtle signs can go unnoticed and undetected for many years. Dysthymic depressive disorder, for example, presents as mild depression that can linger undetected for years. Knowing the signs of depression can mean the difference between years of silent suffering, and getting the help and treatment you or your loved one needs.

While everyone feels sad, blue, or lonely on occasion, those will depression experience symptoms that last for extended periods of time, and are often present without any obvious reason behind them. Below are the most common signs of depression. Take a few moments to read over them. If you or a loved ones are experiencing these signs, we urge you to make an appointment for a free consultation with our clinic.

Common signs of depression include:

Fatigue or marked lack of energy
Sleep troubles, including difficult falling or staying asleep, insomnia, waking throughout the night, or over sleeping
Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyed
Appetite loss or overeating
Physical symptoms, including muscle aches, pains, cramps, stomach issues, and frequent headaches
Withdrawal from friends and family
Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or guilt
Feeling sad or anxious with no known cause
Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

It is not unusual for a person suffering from depression to dismiss or not notice the signs of depression they may be experiencing. Many of the signs of depression may also be attributed to other conditions or events, and may go unnoticed or undiagnosed even by some medical professionals. If you or someone you love has been experiencing signs of depression for more than two weeks, it’s time to talk with someone who understands depression, so you can begin treatment.

Left untreated, depression can become more serious, sometimes resulting in self-harm or suicide, so it’s important to get help as soon as possible. Remember, feeling sad or anxious on occasion is normal, but signs of depression that last longer than a short time are not. The good news is, there is help available for you or your loved one, and, while there is no cure for depression, proper treatment can help you get back to feeling like your old self again.

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