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Symptoms

 

Here is a list of the most common psychological, physical and social symptoms that depression can cause. If you have experienced several of these symptoms persistently for more than 2 weeks you should speak to your doctor. You should not diagnose yourself and a diagnosis can not be made by a friend or family member. Only a properly trained health professional can determine if you have depression.

Psychological symptoms:

  • Continuous low / ‘blue' mood or sadness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Low self-esteem, ·tearfulness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feeling irritable and intolerance of others
  • Poor motivation and poor interest / difficulty making decisions
  • Lack of enjoyment
  • Suicidal thoughts / thoughts of harming someone else
  • Anxiety / obsessive worries, acts, ruminations, or images
  • Reduced sex drive

Physical Symptoms:

  • Slowed movement / speech
  • Change in appetite / weight (usually decreased but sometimes increased) / constipation
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Lack of energy / lack of interest in sex
  • Menstrual disturbance

Social symptoms:

  • Poor work performance
  • Reduced social activities and contact with friends
  • Reduced hobbies and interests
  • Difficulties in home and family life

Some of the symptoms associated with the manic cycle in bipolar disorder are:

  • Abnormal or excessive elation
  • Unusual irritability
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Grandiose notions
  • Increased talking
  • Racing thoughts
  • Increased sexual desire
  • Markedly increased energy
  • Poor judgment
  • Inappropriate social behaviour

Some medications as well as certain medical conditions can cause the same symptoms as depression, so a thorough physical and psychological assessment should be made before a diagnosis is given to rule out any underlying causes.

 

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