Do I Have Depression?
How to recognise the warning signs of depression so you can get proper help.
We all have times when we are not feeling our best. Stress, worry, sadness, they are all natural feelings and emotions that are part of being a human. But when these negative emotions and pessimistic thoughts persist and start to impact your life in a more serious way then you may have depression.
If you notice you have been feeling down for more than a few days it’s important not to just ignore it and try to soldier on. Depression is mental illness and just like any illness it needs to be treated. And I don’t mean by using antidepressant drugs as the first and only solution.
There are specific techniques and therapies that can quickly help you overcome depression without drugs and I will share these with you in this article.
But first I want to explain the different types of depression in a little more detail, as well as the common causes and symptoms, so you can recognize if and when you are suffering from depression and seek professional help.
Everyone Experiences Depression Differently
Understanding the different ways in which people experience depression is the first step in recognising any symptoms you may be experiencing. Depression is not just like normal sadness that everyone experiences from time to time.
Depression is when that sadness, loneliness or feeling of hopelessness affect you throughout your day-to-day life. This can impact your ability to work, sleep, study, socialise, eat and simply experience joy and happiness in your life.
Often people experiencing depression will feel that their situation will never improve and that there is nothing to look forward to. Many sufferers describe it as living in a “black hole”, whilst some people feel numb and detached from the world.
Age and gender also commonly influences how different people experience depression
Often in men it can lead to feelings of anger or restlessness. Sometime men will complain of fatigue or sleep problems and are less likely to acknowledge feelings of low self esteem and hopelessness.
Depression in women can often lead to feelings of guilt, oversleeping, weight gain and low self esteem. Hormones can also play big role in female depression with 1 in 7 women experiencing depression after childbirth. This is more commonly known as postnatal depression.
Teens can also be affected by depression and this is often associated with symptoms such as anger, restlessness, irritability and low self esteem.
Older adults experiencing depression often feel the physical affect more than the emotional. Fatigue, aches and pains and memory problems are common symptoms in older people.
But these are just some of the symptoms, there are many more symptoms that can be warning signs of depression.
Common symptoms of depression include…
- Sleeplessness – Finding it hard to fall asleep or waking up very early in the morning. Also oversleeping and not being able to get out of bed
- Hopelessness – Feeling that you have nothing to look forward and nothing your life will ever improve no matter what you do.
- No Energy – Feeling unmotivated and sluggish. Your body feels heavy and you find even simple tasks are a struggle.
- Overwhelmed – You be overcome with constant stress and a feeling that you can’t cope with life’s responsibilities.
- Low Self Esteem – You may feel inadequate and have no confidence. You might harshly criticize yourself for perceived faults.
- No Appetite or Overeating – Depression can cause you to lose or gain significant amounts of weight. Variations of more than 5% of your total body weight in one month could be cause for concern.
- Anger – You may lose your temper quickly or get irritated very easily over small things
- Withdrawing – You may lose interest in activities that you used to enjoy such as hobbies, socialising even sex. The thought of these activities no longer brings you joy
- Substance Abuse – Some people may turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to escape their feelings of depression.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms on a regular basis you should seek professional help immediately.
Many Different Types Of Depression
There are many different types of depression that can be distinguished by the severity, duration and occurrence of symptoms.
Major depression usually involves symptoms of having a low mood and no interest in usual activities most days for at least two weeks. These symptoms can vary from severe to mild and all the way to melancholic and psychotic.
Bipolar disorder is characterised by major fluctuations in mood from depressed to manic and euphoric in a very short space of time. Because people experience bipolar disorder sometime feel energise and euphoric it can very hard to diagnose.
Other Depression Types
There are many more types of depression such as seasonal (changes with seasons), Dysthymic disorder (symptoms are less intense but last longer) which is why sometimes it can be hard to tell if you are experiencing normal feeling of low mood or if you may be experiencing depression.
The best way to judge for yourself is if it is affecting your life in a negative way. If this is the case it’s best to seek out professional help and talk to them so you can get the treatment that is right for your personal situation. This may just be something simple like getting enough exercise, reducing drug and alcohol intake, eating healthier or spending more time with friends and family.
But then there are times when more comprehensive treatment such as Quantum Neuro Recoding (QNR), which is fast, effective drug free treatment with a 98% success rate* in treating anxiety, depression and many other mental illnesses.
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*Based upon a client self-assessment survey, results may vary from person to person