Below are some common symptoms of depression; read through and see how many you can relate to.
- Common symptoms of Depression
- I am feeling “down” or miserable
- I often feel worried or anxious; I worry a lot (I “churn” over issues)
- Everything is too much of an effort
- I just cannot see any solutions to my problems
- I feel little joy and enthusiasm
- I am tired/exhausted most of the time
- I am over sensitive and quite reactive
- I am easily irritated and lose my temper easily. I am “snappy”
- I am very critical of myself and of others around me (sometimes especially with those closest to me)
- I don’t look forward to anything in my life
- I feel agitated and restless
- I don’t feel like being around people (it is too much effort; I have to pretend to be ok)
- …yet I don’t want to be on my own; I feel too lonely.
- I have a low self-esteem and low self-confidence (in some areas of my life)
- I’d rather be anywhere else but here – life feels too painful. I’d like to “disappear”
- I may have thoughts of suicide or harming myself
- I loose concentration easily
- I forget things easily and I am absent minded
- I cannot sleep; or my sleep is disturbed; I wake up tired.
- I wake up in the early hours of the morning and cannot go back to sleep.
- I just want to sleep all the time.
- It is getting harder to get out of bed in the morning to go to work etc.
If you have ticked off at least 6 or more of the above symptoms, chances are you are suffering from depression. There are different types of depression, and also degrees of depression- from very mild (often known as dysthymia) to severe, where your everyday life is negatively affected.
Many people think that being depressed is something to hide or deny, whereas it is nothing to be ashamed about. It is an illness and/or a reaction to life’s difficulties and stresses. You would be surprised how many other people around you are also feeling depressed and anxious.
International data (World Health Organisation) indicates that DEPRESSION is the 4th most disabling medical condition, and of concern is the prediction that by the year 2020, it will be the first or second.