depression symptoms

Depression & Its Symptoms

Depression is a very commonly used and often misused term. It is important to know that depression is a mood disorder and should not be seen as very casually. A change in one’s mood or behaviour can exist for shorter periods of time that range from a day to a few days but if it persists then it is an area of concern. For a situation to be identified as depression, the symptoms should be present for at least 2 weeks.

On the onset, depression negatively affects an individual both physically and mentally. It causes one to have a lowered mood and also loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyed by the same individual. Depression while more prevalent in adults is now also happening with children, but the treatment is a lot faster. Depression occurs due to different reasons ranging from a stressful work environment to failure personally or professionally, loss of a close one and also due to separation or divorce.

Here are a couple of symptoms that highlight a case of depression

Feeling of guilt and worthlessness
Irritability and instant anger
Persistent sadness, lowered mood and anxiousness
Restlessness resulting in lack of concentration & decision-making ability
Extreme intake or resistance of food
Insomnia or oversleeping
Reduced pace of regular activity

Each of us experience ups and downs at school, work and even personally that result in fluctuating moods. But it is of prime importance to be constantly aware of how we are feeling and for how long. Sometimes we can solve things on our own, but if depression sets in and stays, it should be seen as a matter of concern. Depression is one of those disorders that can often be resolved and even kept away by constant communication either with loved and trusted close ones or even by speaking to a counsellor. One should not avoid speaking to a counsellor due to lack of time to visit one as they are now available on chat, call and video call too. Find your medium of comfort and then communicate.