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Our lives are fragile.
Depression is a medical illness that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Physical symptoms may also occur along with depression.
Also called major depression, major depressive disorder and clinical depression, it affects your thoughts, emotions, and actions. Depression may lead to a variety of physical and emotional difficulties. You may have trouble doing daily mundane activities. Major Depression often makes you feel as though life just isn’t worth living.
It would be incorrect to define depression as a bout of the blues, a flaw in your willpower, you a mood you need to snap out of. Depression is a chronic illness that often requires long-term treatment, like diabetes or high blood pressure. The encouraging news is many depressed people have enjoyed improvements with medication, psychological counseling, and some other treatments.
Depression symptoms include:
- Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
- Aggravation over trivial things
- Loss of interest or pleasure in most activities
- Loss of libido
- Sleeping nearly all day or not being able to sleep
- Shifts appetite — depression often causes decreased appetite and weight loss, but in some people it causes increased cravings for food and weight gain, emotional eating
- Restless behavior like pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
- Angry outbursts
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Indecisiveness, distractibility and difficulty concentrating
- Fatigue and loss of energy — even small tasks seem to require all your energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself
- when things aren’t going right
- Problems with decision making and memory
- Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
- It’s obvious something isn’t right, generally feeling miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.
Each person is different, clinical depression’s symptoms will vary with each person. Genetics, age, gender and cultural background all affect your depression.
Depression symptoms in children and teens
- Common symptoms of depression can be a little different in children and teens than they are in adults.
- In small children, symptoms of depression may include sadness, rage, hopelessness and worry.
- Symptoms in adolescents and teens may include anxiety, anger andante-social behavior.
- Changes in thinking and sleep are often indications of depression in adolescents and adults but are not in young children.
- In children and teens, depression often piggy backs other mental health conditions, such as anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Schoolwork may suffer in children who are depressed.
Depression symptoms in older adults
Depression is abnormal when growing up, and most seniors feel satisfied with their lives. However, depression can and does occur in older adults. Sad to say it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Unaware of what they are suffering from adults do not feel comfortable letting others know when they are feeling down.
In older adults, depression may go undiagnosed because symptoms — for example, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems or loss of interest in sex — may seem to be caused by other illnesses.
In older adults the symptoms might be less obvious. They may feel most older ones feel dissatisfied with life, bored, helpless and even worthless. They might always want to stay home rather than associating with others or trying new things. Never realizing they are suffering from clinical depression.
Suicidal thinking or feelings in older adults is a sign of serious depression that should never be taken lightly, especially in older men as they are at the highest risk of suicide.