Depression is a state of mind affecting a person’s ability to lead a normal life, as depression effects feelings, thoughts, behaviors and even physical well being.People who are depressed often have feelings of guilt, restlessness, sadness, emptiness, worthlessness, hopelessness or even irritability. Various forms of depression have been portrayed in literature and arts for centuries. Depression manifests itself as part of a number of mental disorders in human beings.
A person suffering from depression syndrome often experiences sadness that is very intense and lasts for a long duration. Most of the times, depression is also coupled with changes in bodily functions such as low energy, incessant crying and weeping for no particular reason, body aches, insomnia, problems with weight and eating and more. People also tend to be vulnerable in this state.
The most common symptoms of depressions are persistent bouts of anger, helplessness, sadness, anxiousness and irritability. People who suffer from depressive disorders also exhibit feelings of pessimism and hopelessness. Generally individuals suffering from depression also show an increased lack of interest in activities and hobbies that they once enjoyed. Some of the other signs of depression are social isolation, where people suffering from depression avoid interacting with friends and family. Symptoms of depression also include helplessness, worthlessness, and restlessness. Thoughts of suicide also tend to frequent those who are depressed.
Some people suffering from depression also show signs of overeating or under eating which in turn affects their weight gain or loss. Insomnia or oversleeping is also another sign of depressive disorders and these individuals tend to feel slowed down and they also tire easily. Other symptoms of depression are chronic symptoms such as digestive disorder, chronic pain or headaches that do not respond to any kind of medical treatments.
What are some of the symptoms of depression?
- Feelings of sadness or unhappiness
- Irritability or frustration, even over small matters
- Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
- Reduced sex drive
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Changes in appetite
- Agitation or restlessness, i.e., pacing, hand-wringing or an inability to sit still
- Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
- Indecisiveness, distractibility and decreased concentration
- Fatigue, tiredness and loss of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
- Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide
- Crying spells for no apparent reason
- Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches
- In younger children, symptoms include sadness, irritability, hopelessness and worry.
- Symptoms in adolescents and teens include anxiety, anger and avoidance of social interaction.
- Changes in thinking and sleep are common signs of depression in adolescents and adults
- In older adults, depression may go undiagnosed and seem to be caused by other illnesses
- Older adults with depression say feel dissatisfied with life, bored, helpless or worthless.
- Suicidal feelings in older adults is a sign of serious depression especially in men.
- Of all people with depression, older adult men are at the highest risk of suicide.
Counseling for depression is basically a collaborative effort between you and your counselor. Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues concerning you.
When to seek Depression Counseling
If you believe, or those around you believe, that your symptoms may be impairing your life in troubling ways, then it may be time to seek help. There are treatments available to assist you in managing your symptoms and improving your quality of life.