Symptoms of Depression

Millions of people around the world suffer from depression every day. And because the condition can take many different forms, each with a different level of severity and duration, it is important to know the various symptoms associated with depression. Knowing these signs will help people have a better understanding of their own depression, as well as the depression experienced by their loved ones.

Who gets depression?
People from all walks of life experience depression. In fact, few people will live their entire lives without enduring at least one isolated episode of depression.

Symptoms of Depression

Feelings of unbearable sadness or despair
People with depression feel burdened by an overwhelming sadness about their life and the state of the world in general.

Difficulty concentrating on the task at hand
Individuals struggling with depression often report problems at work and school because they are unable to focus on the task at hand, or prioritize properly in preparation for long-term assignments or projects.

Irritability
Depression causes anxiety and irritability which pushes the individual away from friends and family. This isolation only serves to make matters worse, as the individual will be less likely to reach out to others for help.

Restlessness

Individuals with depression often have trouble sitting still, and become agitated when forced to stay in the same place for an extended period of time, such as on a plane, in a car, at the movies, etc.

Oversleeping/Sleeping too much

Depressive thoughts can be exhausting. Couple that with a negative world-view and it is clear why many individuals suffering from depression find it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

Insomnia/Difficulty sleeping
Conversely, depression also causes anxiety, which can lead to insomnia and many sleepless nights.

Suicidal thoughts
One of the most serious symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts can strike the individual at any time, and with no good reason.

Forgoing hobbies or favorite personal activities
The individual with depression will begin to lose interest in the things that he or she once loved doing. This can include anything from hobbies, to something more serious such as playing with their children or spending time with a spouse of significant other. This can cause resentment among family members, furthering the family stress brought on by the condition.

Treating Depression

In addition to the love and support of family and friends, individuals suffering from depression may benefit greatly from entering a depression treatment program. Counselors can provide an opportunity to discuss the root causes of the depressive behavior, and work with the individual to find behavior strategies that provide relief. Psychiatrists have also historically provided anti-depressant medication to treat the symptoms above. These prescription medications, which include drugs such as Zoloft, Lexapro, and Prozac do carry some side effects and are not recommended for everyone.

Moonview Sanctuary helps people cope with their depression, and find solutions that help them overcome it. Individuals who have taken part in Moonview’s Overcoming Personal Crisis program enjoy a new perspective on life, one where they are in control of the depression and their symptoms are greatly diminished. Contact Moonview Sanctuary for more information about their holistic treatment programs.

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