Symptoms of Depression

Depression culminates in many different ways. People don't always realize what's going on because their problems seem to be physical, not mental. But if you have five or more of the following symptoms, it's likely you're depressed:

• Waking up early, having difficulty sleeping, or sleeping more

• Thinking about suicide

• Crying a lot

• Feeling low-spirited for much of the time, every day

• Using more tobacco, alcohol or other drugs than usual

• Being unusually irritable or impatient

• Finding it hard to concentrate or make decisions

• Feeling tired and lacking energy; doing less and less

• Getting no pleasure out of life or what you usually enjoy

• Difficulty remembering things

• Blaming yourself and feeling unnecessarily guilty about things

• Feeling numb, empty and despairing

• Self-harming (for example- by cutting yourself)

• Lacking self-confidence and self-esteem

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Causes of Depression

People who are depressed are often very anxious. It's not clear whether the anxiety leads into the depression or whether the depression causes the anxiety. There's no one cause of depression; it varies from person to person and can occur through a combination of factors.

Often events or experiences that trigger depression can also be seen as a loss of some kind. It could be following the actual death of someone close, a major life change (such as moving house or changing jobs) or simply moving from one phase of life into another, as we reach retirement or our children leave home. It’s not just the negative experience that causes the depression, but how we deal with it.

Depression may also be caused by an underactive thyroid. The thyroid gland controls metabolic rate and, if it is not working properly, it can cause you to experience various symptoms. If it is under active, you will feel sluggish and lethargic, may put on weight, and feel depressed. If it is overactive, you may feel much restless, lose weight and have symptoms similar to mania. Poor diet, lack of physical fitness, and illnesses, such as flu, can all leave us feeling depressed. Frequent use of some recreational drugs can also be responsible.

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