Depression Symptoms

The symptoms for depression can vary greatly from person to person.

Some may go on a binge-eating spree while others lose their appetite altogether. Some sleep a lot while others experience insomnia, and the list of opposites doesn’t end here.

You will invariably know that there is something wrong, that you aren’t feeling happy, excited, hopeful or passionate about your life or things happening to you. Of course there is also many degrees of depression, from feeling glum and unhappy to feeling hopeless and suicidal.

I’m listing the main general symptoms of depression, if you recognize any as part of your experience then it’s probable you’re experiencing some kind of depression:

Sadness throughout the day, nearly every day

Loss of interest in or enjoyment of your favorite activities

Feelings of worthlessness

Excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt

Thoughts of death or suicide

Trouble making decisions

Fatigue or lack of energy

Sleeping too much or too little

Change in appetite or weight

Trouble concentrating

Feelings of restlessness or being slowed down

You can’t concentrate in the way you usually can, or find that previously easy tasks are now much more difficult

Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness

You can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how hard you try

You are much more irritable, short-tempered or intolerant of others

You have thoughts that life is not worth living

Constant or sudden tearfulness

Feeling constantly anxious or worried

Reduced sex drive

Lack of enjoyment

Sometimes depression comes on gradually, and therefore it may take you some time to recognize that you are actually depressed. It’s not uncommon for you to live with some of the symptoms for a long time until a family member or friend points out that there is something wrong.

If you have been experiencing any of the above symptoms then you should seriously consider consulting a doctor, and please continue reading the holistic approach that has helped me combat my own times of depression.