At the top of the forum index page there are two buttons - Warning signs of Depression and Symptoms of depression. The symptoms page follows the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) which is what pdocs used to diagnose mental illness. The other one, warning signs, covers DSM symptoms and a few more related signs which may or may not be present, like anxiety, irritability and alcohol use.
Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person but many things stay the same. I mean, we all feel 'blue' sometimes, but clinical depression, major depression has a 'life' of it's own, so to speak. Major depression can significantly affects a person's family and personal relationships, work or school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health. A person having a major depressive episode usually exhibits a very low mood, which pervades all aspects of their life, and an inability to experience pleasure in activities that were formerly enjoyed.
Depressed people may be preoccupied with, or obsess over, thoughts and feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt or regret, helplessness, hopelessness, and self-hatred.
Other symptoms of depression include poor concentration and memory, withdrawal from social situations and activities, reduced sex drive, and thoughts of death or suicide.Insomnia is common among the depressed. Usually a person wakes very early and cannot get back to sleep, but insomnia can also include difficulty falling asleep. Insomnia affects at least 80% of depressed people. Hypersomnia, or oversleeping, can also happen, affecting 15% of depressed people. Although some antidepressants may actually cause insomnia - due to their stimulating effect.
A depressed person may report multiple physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, or digestive problems; physical complaints are one of the most common complaints. Appetite often decreases, resulting in weight loss, although increased appetite and weight gain occasionally occur. Family and friends may notice that the person's behavior is either agitated or lethargic.
Those with depression often have other disorders. Many have suffered from anxiety a great deal of their lifes. Stress, anxiety and depression commonly go hand in hand, so to speak. There are increased rates of alcohol and drug abuse and particularly dependence. Individuals diagnosed with ADHD are also at risk for depression. Post-traumatic stress disorder and pain also occur together; as well as obesity and cardiovascular disease.
I have mentioned symptoms of major depression, children and the elderly tend to have different symptoms. I hope that this has been of some help to you! Personally, my depression has gotten much better with medication and a good doctor! I still like to answer questions on medhelp and hang out in a comfy bathrobe! Oh well, some things never change! :-) Keep coming back and posting - send me a message if you'd like. This is the best site for info. and help I have found ... hope you stay in touch!
Take care ...
yes it has and its all true about me...In my chart I suffer major depression
I've notice sometimes when I talk to friends on the phone or my two daughter they seem to forget what I was talking about and start talking about something else..I feel like I'm invisible Since my break down in 2006 they treat me different like I don't know what I'm talking about or mom is not important in our conversations..
your not invisible,maybe your family care so much they tread on egg shells and im sure its because they love you so much..you are important...everybody is important...remember that..life is hard..for everyone....even the people around you have had heartaches to in there lives...we all do...its life...**** happens....to each an everyone of us x