Signs Of Depression


“Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement “ said by Joyce Meyer in likely everyone occasionally feels sad or “blue” to pass rather quickly. WELL ! How can you define the term “Depression?”

Defining “Depression”!

Depression is a state of least interest and dislike to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour, feelings and sense of well-being. People facing depression do feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless. They might lack interest in activities that were once enjoyable, experience loss of appetite or overeating, might have problems at concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, and may contemplate, fatigue, aches, pains, digestive problems, Insomnia, excessive sleeping, or reduced energy may also be present attempt or commit suicide.

Well, clinical depression is expressed by different names: depression, “the blues,” biological depression, major depression. This all reflects same thing: feeling sad and depressed for weeks or months on end along with feeling hopelessness, a lack of energy, and taking little or no pleasure in things that gave you joy in the past.

A person who’s depressed just “can’t get moving” and feels completely unmotivated to do just about anything. Even casual things like getting dressed in the morning or eating becomes large obstacles in daily life. People around them, their friends and family observe the change too. Often they want to help, but just don’t know how. If any of your family member, loved ones, or if any of your known people are showing this kind of symptoms: please ask them or take them to your family doctor or a mental health professional. If you don’t have a family doctor and are looking for a doctor.

Causes of Depression

There are several signs of Depression


Do you know or have an idea of what are the common signs of depression? Do you know about various types of depression? Some of those has been stated below:

  • Depressed disposition / Unavoidable Sadness

Depression may be indicated when a person feels very sad most of the time, nearly every day during at minimum for a 2 week period. A depressed disposition might be observed by others or articulated by the individual. Irritability in children and teens is often seen who do suffer from depression.

  • Diminished Interest in Activities

Diminished Interest

Strong feelings of apathy or an inability to experience pleasure in most previously-enjoyed activities, along with a depressed or irritable mood can indicate depression. In a person who is depressed, these feelings are present most days during at least a two-week period.

  • Unexplained Weight Loss or Gain

Significant (more than 5 percent of body weight in a month) unintentional weight loss or gain, or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day may be a sign of depression. Children who are depressed may fail to make expected growth-related weight gains.

  • Insomnia or Extreme Sleepiness


A person who is depressed may have difficulty falling asleep or may wake frequently during the night. Excessive sleepiness nearly every day for at least 2 weeks also may be a sign of depression.

  • Psychomotor Symptoms

Psychomotor withdrawal

These signs of depression are characterized by unintentional and purposeless motions, like pacing, hand-wringing or hair-twirling, or by a noticeable slowing of the thought process, emotional reactions or movement. Psychomotor agitation and psychomotor retardation observed by others nearly every day for at least 2 weeks may indicate depression.

  • Fatigue


Unexplained feelings of fatigue or a lack of energy nearly every day for a period of at least 2 weeks can be a sign of depression. Depression-related fatigue is not associated with another cause, such as an increase in physical activity or another medical condition.

  • Diminished Ability to Concentrate


A decrease in focus or concentration is usually a sign of depression. In some cases, a lack of focus is observed by others, such as family members, friend or co-workers.

  • Suicidal Thought

suicidal thoughts

About 60% of them who are under depression have persistent thoughts of death and approximately 15% commit suicide. A person suffering from depression may have regular thoughts of suicide, make up a plan for committing suicide, or attempt suicide.

Causes of Depression

If Depression is there then there should be certain causes due to which it can be happening. But what can be the basic causes of depression for human being ?can it be some of those reasons which is stated below ?

  • Feelings of Guilt or Worthlessness


Excessive or unsuitable guilt or strong feelings of inadequacy can signal depression. In a person who is depressed, these thoughts arise nearly every day and can be extreme enough to be delusional. Guilt is not merely self-reproach or related to being sick.

  • Life Events

Hardship in childhood, such as bereavement, neglect, unequal parental treatment of siblings, physical abuse or sexual abuse, considerably increases the likelihood of experiencing depression over the life course.Life events and changes that may impetuous depressed mood include childbirth, menopause, financial difficulties, job problems, a medical diagnosis (cancer, HIV, etc.), failure or death of a loved one, natural disasters, social isolation, relationship troubles, jealousy, separation, and catastrophic injury.

  • Medical treatments

Certain medications are known to cause depressed mood in a number of patients. These include interferon therapy for hepatitis C. Moreover medicines prescribed for sleep inducing pills and high blood pressure are also believed to increase the risk of depression.

Food stuffs

Refined carbohydrates which are found in white bread, white rice and sodas might harm more than the waistlines of older women. Recent research shows that eating too much of these highly processed foods may also raise their risk of depression.
Coincidentally, the opposite also appears to be true: The analysis also found that those who ate lots of whole grains, vegetables, fruits and dietary fibre saw their risk for depression drop. This research has been made considering more than 70,000 women aged 50 to 79. And as we all known that people who suffer from depression tend to crave carbohydrates,” James Gangwisch, an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York City told this.

So the researchers set out to look at the dynamic in reverse. The goal: to see whether consuming refined carbs — a known driver of high blood sugar levels — actually raises depression risk among women with no recent history of mental illness, to which the answer was ‘YES’.

Treatments for Depression

Questionnaires and checklists such as the Beck Depression Inventory or the Children’s Depression Inventory can be used by a mental health provider to detect and assess the sternness of depression. This treatment is available at a multispecialty hospital.

The Treatments for different depression cases patients can be “Depression Medicines”. There are many types of depression medicines (antidepressants) available today although there are effects and side effects and the doctor will prescribe the best depression medicine according to the symptoms. Psychotherapy helps to lift mood and help patients with depression improve coping skills. Also Electric Shock Treatment, or ECT, is used in case of severe depression or when depression medicines fail to work.