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Symptoms of Depression

Depression is one of the most common misunderstood psychological disorders. While most people know that depression is the result of a chemical imbalance that happens in the brain few of them try to treat depression by looking for the reasons that caused the imbalance itself.

Depression symptoms for men and women are almost the same and in this article i am going to tell you about these symptoms so that you know whether you suffer from depression or not.

Depression symptoms for men and women

Below are the symptoms of Depression for both men and women. If you suffer from most of the symptoms listed below then there is a very big possibility that you are depressed:

Emotional Symptoms of Depression

  • Feeling sad or suffering from bad mood throughout the day
  • Loss of interest or enjoyment of your favorite activities
  • Feelings of emptiness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feeling worthless (sometimes)
  • Feelings of excessive guilt (sometimes)
  • Getting lots of negative thoughts
  • Loss of motivation
  • Loss if interest in sex
  • Finding it hard to laugh
  • Having suicidal thoughts or wishing to die

Physical Symptoms of Depression

  • Lack of energy to do your normal activities
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Change in appetite or weight
  • Aches and pains

Confusing depression with a temporary bad mood

I get many emails from people people who tell me that they are really worried because they have all depression symptoms. Upon talking to those people i just realize that they are feeling a bit down because of a recent event that happened in their lives.

In other words, many people confuse short term bad moods with depression. Its very common for an educated person to read online about a psychological disorder then believe that he suffers from it.

Here is a tip that can help you realize whether you suffer from depression or not. If the bad mood persisted for more than 2 weeks then you might want to investigate further. If no bad event happened to you in the past few weeks then you might be suffering from depression.

Persistent bad mood vs depression

In many cases people confuse bad emotions for depression because the bad mood can sometimes persist for a long period of time. Let’s suppose that you hate your job for example.

In such a case you are very likely to feel bad everyday because of your job. The bad mood you will be experiencing in such a case is a message from your mind asking you to take actions.

While this bad mood will hurt still it might not be connected to depression. This bad mood however can turn into mild depression if you lost hope in changing jobs and remained there for a long period of time.

I have most of these symptoms!

If you have most of these symptoms then don’t worry. Depression is not harmful even if its painful.

the first step you need to do to help yourself get out of depression is to commit to reading about it even for 20 minutes each day.

As soon as you get a deeper understanding of your depression and of the reasons that made you depressed knowing what to do to get over it will be an easy task.

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