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Symptoms of Depression

There are many reasons why people will develop depression.

1. Internal factors (which originate from a biochemical change in the body and brain) may be a contributor

2. A number of external factors may also contribute to a large extent. For example, the loss of a loved one, a personal tragedy or a breakdown of a relationship are significant life events which can have a devastating affect on a person's emotions.

Symptoms of Depression

People with depression may experience many of the following for prolonged periods -

  • Sadness - this can be expressed through frequent crying spells for no apparent reason
  • Loss of energy and loss of interest in normal activities including family and friends
  • Strong feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • May experience difficulties with decisions, memory and concentration
  • Relationship problems with partners, friends, family and colleagues
  • Isolation from others
  • Feelings of Anxiousness
  • May experience unusual fear or feelings of panic
  • Suppressed or expressed anger
  • Changes in eating patterns which may result in dramatic changes in weight - either significant loss or gain in weight
  • Speech is slowed or reduced
  • Distorted self image and constant criticism of the self and/or of others
  • Loss of enjoyment of pleasurable activities
  • Disliking the self and feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide and self harm
  • Changes to sleep patterns - difficulty sleeping or staying awake

There are many different types of symptoms displayed when one is suffering with depression. If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms of depression, why not try our online depression counselling or online depression help.





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