The definition of professionally recognized depression symptoms can comprise various types of warning signs, ranging from minor imbalances of mood and functionality to major instances involving prolonged states of inertia or even catatonia. What may indeed initially seem to be nothing more than a longer than usual lasting “blue” mood or loss of interest in an activity formerly much beloved, such as taking part in activities at school, or participation in sports, may, in some cases, ultimately prove to be merely the “tip of the iceberg” where a larger issue is concerned. Such loss of energy or mood equilibrium may in fact be the initial onset of depression symptoms, and if they persist, should not be ignored.
Depression symptoms take different forms at different times, and so may be hard to recognize or to reconcile with the accepted personality of a former lively, ebullient loved one or friend. Some symptoms of depression can manifest in the form of a sudden, prolonged feeling of fatigue or an overall decrease in energy which proves hard or impossible to “shake” or to compensate for. Other symptoms can include a general feeling of restlessness or “prickly” irritability, an increase in sensitivity to perceived slights or jibes, and a general overload of feelings of pessimism and hopelessness that seem to linger on and on without resolution.
More Common Depression Symptoms
Other generally agreed upon signs of the onset of depression can be a marked difficulty in concentrating, remembering details (loss or impairment of short or long term memory, or both), and an inability to quickly make or stick to decisions. Ennui of mood, involving despairing self-estimates of worthlessness, guilt (real or imagined), and a feeling of being helpless in the face of such negativity also frequently accompany this sad state of affairs. Loss of appetite, or sudden, dramatic increase or decrease in weight can also be one of the most recognizable depression symptoms, especially if accompanied by one or more of the manifestations listed above. “Binge“ eating followed by purging after meals, whilst normally associated with the phenomena of bulimia, may sometimes also be associated with the onset of a major depressive illness.
Additional depression signs may frequently include (but are not limited to) excessive states of either insomnia, or bouts of extended, excessive sleeping (sometimes degenerating into a catatonic state). Emotionally, one may suffer from “black dog days”, which are filled with the unpleasant recurrence of anxiety, sadness, and a sense of nihilism regarding one’s own life as well as the workings of the world all around them. Physically, such a state may be accompanied by the presence of persistent cramps, headaches, nausea, eyestrain, or issues involving an upset digestive system which do not seem to ease even after professional treatment has been sought (in short, issues which are psychosomatic in nature).
Depression Symptoms Should Be Taken Seriously
Depression symptoms are signs of a larger medical issue which, left untreated, can lead to thoughts of, or attempts at, taking one’s own life. In short, such symptoms are not to be taken lightly.