Depression and its Symptoms to Look Out For

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Depression can best be described as a mood disorder or a state of constant sadness. Short term sadness is a common reaction to life challenges but a prolonged period of sadness or discontentment needs medical attention. The effects of depression can be periodic and can profusely affect a person’s ability to function. Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year, with more than 264 million people affected worldwide.

The symptoms of depression can vary from mild to serious. Doctors use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) to diagnose mental disorders. One needs to have five or more symptoms mentioned in the DSM-5 for a minimum of two weeks time.

Here are a few symptoms to check for :

  1. You feel lethargic throughout the day
  2. You feel upset or sad
  3. You either sleep less or sleep too much
  4. You have gained or lost weight rapidly
  5. Feeling of restlessness
  6. Anxiety
  7. No interest in any indoor or outdoor activity
  8. You often feel suicidal
  9. Feeling of guilt or nagging
  10. Poor concentration

Other Symptoms might also include:

  1. Loss in appetite
  2. Overeating or increased appetite
  3. Restlessness
  4. Feeling of emptiness
  5. Cramps or body ache
  6. Digestive issues

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