From time to time we may all feel sad, miserable and fed up. While these are understandable reactions to upsetting or stressful events and experiences, it is also quite normal to experience them for no reason at all. But if they persist, they can be signs of depression.
Depression affects one in six of us, with common symptoms including lack of motivation, difficulties in concentration, pessimism, sleep disturbances, irritability, crying, suicidal thoughts, social withdrawal, changes in appetite, loss of sex drive and lack of enthusiasm and pleasure.
It could be that you are suffering from depression and if you have several of the symptoms listed below:
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Feeling restless, irritable and agitated
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Lack of interest in sex
- Avoiding other people, even close friends and relatives
- Feeling useless, inadequate and hopeless.
- Difficulty sleeping, waking up early, or sleeping more
- Physical symptoms such as pain, headaches, lack of energy
- Undue feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Getting no pleasure from life or activities you used to enjoy
- Thoughts of suicide