Depression symptoms
What Depression feels like?
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Dr. Divya Shree K.R
Psychiatrist 16 yrs exp Bangalore
I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare." These are words quoted by an individual who has faced depression. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.This condition varies from person to person,but there are some common signs and symptoms some of which are Difficulty concentrating Fatigue and decreased energy Feelings of hopelessness Insomnia Irritability, restlessness. Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex Overeating or appetite loss Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows but if these symptoms persist for most part of the day,for at least 2 weeks and interferes with patient's function in social,occupational and personal fronts,it is considered to be depression .As seen above depression affects the way a person feels,thinks and behaves.The thought process of an individual is also affected. It could also have behavioural symptoms.This mental illness not only has mental symptoms but could lead to a range of physical conditions as well. Some of which are: Constipation Headache Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment A tendency for drug abuse. Not everyone who is depressed experiences every symptom,Some people experience only a few symptoms and some suffer many. The severity of symptoms varies among individuals and also over time. If you feel like you are facing the above mentioned, it's most likely that you have clinical depression and is of utmost importance to consult a psychiatrist.If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.You must try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through.
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