Identifying the Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a serious medical illness that negatively affects how one feels, the way one thinks and how one behaves. It can be caused by various factors including sorrow, alcohol or drug use, money concerns and potentially many other factors. Symptoms of depression are multifaceted and often vary from one person to the next, but generally they affect one’s emotional, social and physical ability. Though some might find it hard to believe, by seeking the right assistance you can combat your depressive illness and achieve positive mental health again.

Signs of depression can include:

  • A lack of motivation and reduced energy – for instance, little or no motivation at work or at home. A lack of confidence, concentration and reduced self-esteem
  • Amplified irritability – becoming annoyed at minimal situations and taking it out on those around you
  • Lack of interest in everyday life – for instance, not wanting leaving your home and wanting to be alone regularly
  • Feelings of hopelessness – continuously feeling defeated and trapped with no way out
  • Sleeping issues – insomnia is a common symptom of depression as it is likely that you are unable to switch off from any negative thoughts. Sleeping long hours is also a common side effect
  • Change in appetite – either a decrease or increase in eating patterns which will inevitably bring about weight loss or gain
  • Considerably lower mood – frequent crying, feelings of anger, lack of trust and the inability to be positive are common symptoms
  • Negative thoughts relating to family, friends, and life in general, at times. Suicidal thoughts are a common symptom of depression, should this be the case please seek help straightaway
  • Resorting to alcohol or drugs as a way of dealing with depression. Excessively consuming large amounts of alcohol or drugs will in fact obstruct recovery and could cause further problems, such as addiction, anxiety and financial constraints
  • Receding from social situations – not part-taking in friend or family activities, forgetting responsibilities and decreased social communication are common symptoms

Depression becomes a serious illness when the victim starts to develop more severe symptoms. Those who are victims of this depressive illness will, in most cases, find it very difficult being in social situations and can struggle finding positivity.

Although sometimes feeling sad is a common emotion, depressive illness is a recurring condition and can have problematic consequences such as a decline in self-esteem, motivation and processing abilities. In some cases, if depression is untreated, it can lead to even more severe mental health issues, thus treating the issue at an early point is vital.

What are the emotional symptoms of depression?

Depression can have a significant impact on your day-to-day wellbeing, and you may experience some of the following emotional symptoms of depression:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Feeling tearful and emotionally tired
  • Feelings of extreme guilt
  • Confusion
  • Feeling sensitive and vulnerable

Although it may be hard for you to believe, you can overcome your depression by receiving treatment. The treatments most commonly used are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is a type of psychotherapy, and antidepressant medication. Both are proven to be successful in combating depression.

Just as a patient sees a doctor about a physical illness, a psychiatrist will look at your symptoms and explore how they have developed.

The I Am Not a Mistake Foundation aims to create a safe environment: providing counselling and assistance to depressed people, as well as adopted, suicidal and physically & emotionally abused people who have been in similar situations. You can trust us in the knowledge that we have true life experience. At the I Am Not a Mistake Foundation, we know how to deal with what you are going through. We are all survivors.

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