In this article, I’ll define what depression is and summarize the most common type of depression, major depressive disorder. I’ll provide you with a list of symptoms of depression, so you know what to look out for. After reading this article, you’ll have a better understanding of what depression is and what it looks like.
Depression is more than just having a bad day. It’s more than feeling down when something isn’t going your way. Feeling hopeless or joyless is when you know something might be wrong. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 7% of adults in the U.S. experience depression every year. While their are several types of depression, the most common type is major depressive disorder.
Major depressive disorder is typically what people think of when they hear that someone is depressed. The criteria for major depressive disorder requires at least 5 of the symptoms listed below in the same 2-week period. They also must represent a change in functioning; At least one of the symptoms is either (1) depressed mood or (2) loss of interest or pleasure.
While no two people experience depression the exact same way, there are many common symptoms to watch out for. Especially if you or a loved one just doesn’t seem like themselves lately. Here are 10 symptoms of depression:
Temporarily experiencing these symptoms during times of loss or grief is perfectly normal. The loss of a loved one, a job, or even going through global pandemic, can all cause us to feel some of these things as we learn to adjust to what our lives will be like moving forward. However, if you are experiencing several of the symptoms almost daily for weeks on end, you could be experiencing true clinical depression.
Depression is often overwhelming. You know something is wrong, but you might not have the energy or brainpower to even know where to start to fix things. Fortunately, there are resources available to help you (or your loved one) diagnose, manage, and overcome depression. One of the best things you can do for yourself to cope with depression is by attending therapy with a therapist that is professionally trained to help you be the best you.
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