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What are the Symptoms of Depression?

Updated: Mar 26, 2022

Often times we, or our loved ones, suffer some sort of sadness or depression for no apparent reason. We might feel bummed out with no explanation as to why. Winter brings about these symptoms due to lack of sunshine and also because of the cold weather.

The coldness and snow prevent us from getting out and being social making us feel isolated and lonely. Depression can be temporary and can go away after some time. At times something triggers these feelings; losing our job or financial problems, breaking up with a loved one, or losing a pet.

Many things can cause sadness. Some sadness is common, but if the following symptoms persist for two weeks or more, or affect your ability to function at work, at home, or in other aspects of your life you should consult your family physician or a therapist for care:

  • Lack of concentration or trouble making decisions

  • Trouble sleeping, staying awake, or fatigue

  • Uncontrollable crying

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Feeling hopeless about the future

  • Inability to find joy in anything

  • Inability to maintain a daily routine, including exercise

  • Calling in sick to work or school, or avoiding others

  • Agitation or inability to sit still

  • Drinking or using medications to try to make yourself feel better

  • Feeling overly tired or irritable, angry, or just plain mean

  • Headaches or other ailments

  • Changes in appetite, or weight gain or loss without reason

Medication or changes in medication

  • Thyroid imbalances

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Nutritional deficiencies

  • Adrenal fatigue

  • Overuse of drugs or alcohol

  • Blood sugar imbalances

Many of these symptoms indicate other serious health problems too. If any of these symptoms persist in yourself or a family member or friend, please make an appointment with a practitioner as soon as you can. There are methods to help with depression that do not require medications or long-term therapy. Your practitioner may be able to help in his area if you mention that you would rather not use medications.

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