Signs of Depression

Signs of Depression

Clinical depression is distinguished from situational depression by length and severity.

  • You can’t sleep enough or you sleep too much.
  • You can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult.
  • You feel worthless and hopeless.
  • You can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try.
  • You have lost your appetite or you can’t stop eating.
  • You are constantly irritated or become enraged even at small things’and this is new for you.
  • You have thoughts that life is not worth living, or have a plan for how you would end it. (Seek help immediately if this is the case).
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • A bleak outlook, nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation.
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • No interest in or ability to enjoy former hobbies, pastimes, social activities, or sex.
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
  • Sleep changes
  • Either insomnia, especially waking in the early hours of the morning, or oversleeping (also known as hypersomnia).
  • Psychomotor agitation or retardation
  • Either feeling “keyed up” and restless or sluggish and physically slowed down.
  • Loss of energy
  • Feeling fatigued and physically drained. Even small tasks are exhausting or take longer.
  • Self-loathing
  • Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. Harsh criticism of perceived faults and mistakes.
  • Concentration problems
  • Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.

What Should You Do

If you have severe symptoms or suicidal thoughts, seek medical help immediately.

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help Depression

  • Eat a Plant Based Diet – This can help increase brain serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine levels.
  • Exercise – It may take about 7 days to start noticing improvements.
  • Drink Water – Brain chemicals move through a water environment
  • Get Enough Sunlight – This improves vitamin D levels which improve melatonin, allowing you to get better sleep.
  • Breath Fresh Air – Negative ions in outdoor air improve health and mood. Negative ions are produced by pine trees, waterfalls, and ocean surf.
  • Get Adequate Rest
  • Trust in God – People who have a belief system that they apply to their lives recover from depression sooner. The circulation in their frontal lobes actually improves.
Comments ( 1 ) Leave a Comment
  1. 1 Aminiasi Nov 4, 2013, 3:02 PM PST

    Is depression and migranes related in any ways?

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