It is perfectly naturally for anyone to feel low or blue from time to time during their life.
But what if you have been feeling down and generally out of sorts for a while now? If this is the case then it is quite possible that you may be thinking you are suffering with depression. Below are some signs of depression, of course what you are experiencing may not fit the signs of depression below. If you are feeling so down that you feel you need to do something to help yourself then it is incredibly important that you really should seek help.
Most of the time the signs of depression are very varied and due to this fact, it may be very hard to pinpoint just one of the signs and diagnose the problem straight away.
This is a list of the most common signs of depression that where reported by those patients that where diagnosed with clinical depression.
- Fatigue, feeling exhausted and drained all the time, even when you have just woken from a long sleep
- A sleep pattern that is disrupted, in some instances caused by disturbing dreams
- Waking up too early and then having difficulty getting back to sleep
- Lessening interest in activities normally found to be very enjoyable
- A Problem concentrating, in particular during the day
- An improvement in energy as the day progresses
- Anxiousness, worrying and invasive thoughts
- Being upset emotionally without any specific reason
- Having a short fuse and irritability
When you are assessing yourself and trying to see the signs of depression above, then it is important to take into account the fact that not everybody may experience all of these symptoms and some could show different signs of depression. If however you can recognize some of these symptoms in yourself then it is possible that you are depressed.
When you diagnose depression, it is the separate signs of the condition that is what you are feeling that are the important factors. Psychiatrists will only use the signs of depression above as the more common things to seek, but at the end of the day, what is most important is how you feel. It can be very easy to understand the reason why there is so much confusion when it comes to diagnosing depression as the signs that are being looked for a usually common emotions and feelings.
Health practitioners are the only people that are truly qualified to diagnose depression. The tests that are used are varied, but all of them have a similar structure. For example, an individual can be diagnosed with clinical depression if they suffer from five or more signs of depression shown above during a 2 week period.
Signs of depression may also show themselves physically in ways, for example:
- A notable loss of weight when not dieting
- Or weight gain (more than 5% increase in body weight in a month)
- Or an increase/decreased in appetite almost every day
- Extreme tiredness almost every day
Not only are the signs of depression determined, but the following factors are also used for diagnosing the condition:
- Important areas of functioning such as occupation and social are caused significant distress or impairment.
- That the direct physiological effects of a medical condition or substance are not the root cause.