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Updated by Inspirations for Youth on Mar 10, 2016
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7 signs of depression

When you suffer from symptoms of depression it can be easy to underestimate what is happening as temporary or just a minor setback. Some may fear the depression stigma of what their family or friends may think or even perceive depression as some sort of weakness. Others may worry that they do not have the time or money to devote to therapy or they may be afraid that a doctor will push medications on them that they do not want. For whatever reason, people who suffer from depression often do not get help or t

Sleep Distrubance

One of the primary symptoms of depression is sleep disturbance. Some of us will have difficulty getting or staying asleep and others may sleep too much or too little. The effect of poor sleep can make you fatigued and agitated when waking up. Some depression can become so severe that you don't want to get out of bed.

Persistent wave of sadness

If your depression has been for two or more weeks, don't wait to get help. By then depression symptoms are elevated and the recovery takes that much longer.

Declining Physical Health

If your physical health has been affected by weight gain or loss for example, depression can make you feel extremely fatigued and weary. These symptoms combined with stress can lower your immune system to a point where you are getting ill more often. This makes you even more depressed.

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Anger

Anger

Underneath a lot of depression is rage. If you are beginning to have thoughts of harming others, this is a red light that you need to get help immediately. An experienced therapist can help you work through these feelings of anger in a safe way.

Missing work

If you find yourself missing days of work, arriving late or calling in sick, when you’re unable to perform the demands of your job, it’s time to seek treatment. The last thing you need to do is to lose your job as this will surely cause you to be even more depressed and less likely to seek treatment.

Self-Medicating

If you are self-medicating with drugs and or alcohol this is a warning sign that you cannot ignore. Treatment is imperative so you do not develop an addiction problem in addition to your depression.

. When other people are worried about you

When other people are worried about you it turns out they are sometimes better equipped to observe changes in your personality that you fail to see for yourself. When our loved ones and friends become vocal and tell you that your depression is noticeable and it is causing them distress and worry, it is time to listen. Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they’ve lasted—the more likely it is that you’re dealing with depression. When these feelings and physical ailments become overwhelming and disabling, that's when it's time to seek help.

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