Depression can be unbearable, and it can really ruin your life if you don't get a handle on it. No one can understand until they go through it, which is why therapy is necessary.
Depression is one diagnosis in a larger category of Depressive Disorders. There are different levels of depression depending on the person. Below is a list of the more common signs of a depressive disorder (5th ed.; DSM–5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Please keep in mind that it can be hard to identify symptoms of a depressive disorder if you are not a trained professional, especially when identifying symptoms in ourselves or loved ones. Often times, if you think something is wrong, you are right. Feel free to call with any questions about whether or not therapy is necessary.
“Please keep in mind that it can be hard to identify symptoms of a depressive disorder if you are not a trained professional, especially when identifying symptoms in ourselves or loved ones.”
Signs of Depression
Feeling sad, empty or hopeless most of the day nearly every day.
Self injury (also known as cutting).
In children, being argumentative/irritable most of the day nearly every day
Feeling like you don’t have any motivation to get your day going or get anything done
Not being able to get out of bed or staying in bed for long periods of time despite having other things to do
Feeling guilty about not being able to fulfill obligations due to depression
Not being able to experience happiness/pleasure from people or activities you used to enjoy
Consistent lack of energy or overwhelming fatigue
Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
Increased irritability and/or lack of tolerance for people/activities
Feeling worthless or that nothing you do is good
Frequent crying and/or feelings of sadness
Constant or frequent focus on past activities you regret or feel guilty about
Decreased ability to focus and concentrate
Weight loss/ gain or appetite loss/gain
Marked distress the week before a female starts her period, the distress starts to get better within a few days after starting period and then goes away all together until 1 week prior to starting period
REFERENCE American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.
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