Mental health has been taboo for a long time. But the truth is, depression is a common illness that plagues millions of patients every day. Fortunately, we are currently living in times where this stigma is changing for the better and the discussion is coming to light. Popular culture is embracing the idea of bringing the risks of living with depression to the forefront which is slowly changing how clinical depression symptoms are perceived. This is beneficial in ensuring that patients are treated sooner, and can lead safer, more fulfilling lives.
Are you familiar with the symptoms of clinical depression? If not, you’re not alone. Contrary to popular belief, clinical depression symptoms are more than simply being unhappy or growing tired of a particular circumstance. It’s usually an ongoing feeling of sadness for weeks or months at a time that never goes away. Many times, individuals experiencing these feelings are told to “toughen up”, “snap out of it”, or pray it away. However, living with depression is not that simple, and these methods don’t address the root causes of depression.
Symptoms of clinical depression
To reiterate, clinical depression is a genuine diagnosed illness and should be treated as such. It is not something that goes away with time or when someone’s personal circumstances change for the better. It is an illness that affects individuals in different ways. While most people experience periods of stress, nervousness, or fear during trying times, they typically don’t last.
For those patients living with depression, these periods never go away. That’s why we’ve included a list of symptoms of clinical depression to be mindful of. Also, realize that not all of these symptoms need to be present for a patient to be experiencing clinical depression, since symptoms can range from mild to severe. If you’ve noticed that a loved one has changed their habits or experiences mood changes, check for these symptoms:
- Outbursts of anger, irritability, or frustration even over small issues
- Lingering feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or emptiness
- Consistent anxiety or restlessness
- Slowed thinking, movements, or speaking
- Lack of energy or persistent tiredness in which small tasks take more effort
- Consistent insomnia or increased sleeping
- Loss of appetite or increased eating
- Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or recalling things
- Consistent and frequent suicidal thoughts
- Feelings of worthlessness, blame, or fixation on past failures
- Random and unexplained body aches such as headaches or back problems
Causes of depression & statistics
Those patients with a family history of depression are more susceptible to it. However, it is usually triggered by a significant life-changing event such as losing a loved one, job loss or even having a baby. Not all events need to be negative in nature to trigger symptoms of clinical depression. It can also be brought on by no obvious reason.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 322 million people worldwide live every day with depression. Additionally, there are several different types of depressive disorders. The most commonly diagnosed is Major Depressive Disorder, which is characterized by at least five of the listed clinical depression symptoms.
In these cases, patients may no longer engage in activities they used to, such as going to school, work, or other regular activities. Other clinical depressive illnesses called Seasonal Affective Disorder are characterized by long exposure to darkness. This is typically seen in places like Alaska or Scandinavia where typical days last shorter.
Think you might be experiencing these symptoms? Visit your doctor as soon as possible.
MyCare Health Partners is always here for you. It’s important to remember that patients who develop depression usually have a history of anxiety disorder. With over 40 years of experience, our physicians are more than prepared to care for patients and are well versed in treating those living with depression. Our healthcare professionals are fluent in English, Spanish, and Hindi, with extended weekend and evening hours for your convenience.
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