With depression, you might have trouble falling asleep, or you might find yourself going to bed right after dinner. You might skip meals, or you might overeat. You can lose interest in sex, or crave it addictively. You might get headaches or stomachaches, feel fatigued (even after an adequate night’s sleep), forget things, or find it hard to concentrate. One thing, however, is certain: you feel severe emotional pain.
As you can see, depression symptoms can vary from person to person, depending on depression type and severity. However, common symptoms, which also make up the diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder, are as follows:
- Feelings of intense sadness, despair, and/or emptiness
- Loss of pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Significant changes in appetite or weight
- Sleep disruption, such as insomnia or hypersomnia
- Odd changes in activity levels
- Feelings of worthlessness or shame
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Diminished ability to think straight
- Suicidal thoughts or ideation
If you think you’re depressed, know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. While you might feel scared or uncertain about your situation, there is effective treatment out there. Both counseling and medications have proven to help those who suffer with all different types of depression. So again, talk to a mental health professional about your symptoms. They will help you to come up with a plan for moving forward and learning to live a happy, healthy life despite depression.