11 Signs and Symptoms to Alert You That Depression May be Affecting Your Mood
With the rates of suicide increasing in middle-aged adults, it is extremely important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression, the country’s leading cause of suicide. While sometimes downplayed, depression is a very serious and debilitating yet treatable mental illness that should not be taken lightly. Here are some of the signs and symptoms of depression from the National Institute of Mental Health. If you or a loved one are suffering from any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to contact your local therapist, or health care professional.
1. Overeating or appetite loss
2. Frequent sad, anxious or empty feelings
3. Irritability, restlessness
4. Fatigue and energy loss
5. Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
6. Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
7. Aches, pains, headaches, cramps or other digestive issues that do not ease even with treatment.
8. Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
9. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
10. Loss of interest in activities or hobbies, including sex.
11. Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.
If you are having suicidal thoughts do not hesitate to contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, available toll free, 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.