Depression is a common mental illness affecting millions of people at any given time. While crying is normal for many with this disease, there are other symptoms. Some of them are frequently misunderstood and fly under the radar, which can prolong the amount of time depression can last in undiagnosed patients.
The symptoms of depression include but are not necessarily limited to:
- Mental clouding – Depression can cloud the person’s judgment, making it difficult for them to make decisions, stay focused at work, eat right or take care of themselves in their daily life. Their memory may also take a hit, causing them to forget about meetings, special events and other small and large things that take up the everyday
- Fatigue – Some may spend more time in bed and adapt more sedentary lifestyles. They will seem to have no energy left to use and will feel tired and fatigued more often than not
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and hopelessness – This is often fairly pervasive and seeps into every area of life. Depression patients can have difficulty finding motivation for work, school, friends, family and significant others. Patients may also dwell on the things they have done wrong in the past or present, especially if something they did may have sparked the depression
- Sleeping issues – While insomnia is indeed common for those with depression, hypersomnia can also appear in some cases, with patients sleeping for much longer than usual. This can sabotage attempts to remain active, a necessary treatment strategy for depression
- Irritability – A depression patient may get defensive if confronted with their illness or other subjects. This can make attempts to help someone with depression more difficult.
- Loss of interest in activities – When depression is present, activities and hobbies that previously brought joy to a person suddenly hold no interest for them anymore. For example, one may enjoy playing video games but now see them as dull for no apparent reason
- Change in sex drive – A depressed person can experience a shift in sexual appetite. A decrease is typical but an increase isn’t unheard of. While sexual activities release endorphins which lifts mood, it doesn’t solve the problem at hand. A lesser sex drive can impact relationships and provide another challenge on top of the mental illness
- Increased or decreased appetite – This can lead to weight loss or gain, both potentially physically and emotionally harmful consequences of depression. The patient may feel worse after the weight change, feeling helpless in the control of their body
- Pains of varying randomness and location – Headaches, stomach pains, digestive issues, numbness of the limbs and many more issues can arise during depression. Some may think there is a more “literal” disease at play and visit many doctors trying to figure out why they hurt, compounding the stress common with depression
- Persistent sadness or “empty” feelings – If there doesn’t seem to be much reason for doing much of anything, or engaging in activities only brings more emptiness, then depression may be involved. If the disease is bad enough, little or nothing can brighten spirits without the intervention of a mental health professional
- Suicidal feelings and attempts – The worst possible outcome for untreated depression. Patients may have feelings of wanting their life to end, even going as far as planning it out, saying goodbye to friends and family, putting affairs in order, saying things would be better without them and talking about suicide on a regular basis
Depression is a multi-faceted, difficult to treat disease. There are many symptoms involved, making it difficult to reach through to the patient. This ailment so often feeds into itself, making them feel worse. This is why a strong support system is vital for eventual recovery. Additionally, an effective treatment program which can involve the use of medication and therapy.
The Texas Depression Treatment Helpline is a premier resource for both the depressed and their support system. We provide informative blogs about news and advice for recognizing and treating depression. We strive to keep our readers informed about how depression can affect them as well as their, coworkers, friends, family and significant others. This helps create a more informed culture looking for treatment and staying away from stigmatizing a disease that often needs treatment from mental health professionals. Check back often for new articles by our dedicated and passionate staff.
Depression is a potentially life-threatening illness and should be treated as such. This is why the Texas Depression Treatment Helpline provides ways to connect with mental health professionals in your area. To find one and start recovery today, please call us or reach out through our contact page to talk to a member of our team