Being depressed and feeling sad go hand in hand. However when one is feeling sad, it is a temporary but natural response to a real life event.

Being depressed however, sadness amongst other symptoms last from weeks to months. These symptoms begin to impact on different aspects of one’s life, such as; to go to work, loosing interest in things, being unable to wake up most mornings, do one’s daily routines (eating, showering, interacting with others etc).

Depression can feel like one has a dark cloud over them, which never seems to go away, no matter where they go or what they do. Depression clouds one’s thinking and engulfs one in a psychological trap, where one feels like they can’t get.

Depression can be:

  • Mild- where it has some impact on your aspects of your life
  • Moderate- Where it has a large impact on aspects of your life
  • Severe- where it has a significant impact on your life, where you are unable to function in day to day life and function as you once were.

Remember, depression can take many forms and be co-existing with other psychological issues such as anxiety, psychosis, additions, suicidal thoughts, co-dependency and many other issues.

Here are some symptoms of depression that may help one to self-assess their own psychological state when it comes to depression.

 

Physical symptoms

  • Over sleeping/inability to sleep
  • Slow movements/interactions
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • low energy
  • low sex drive
  • A change in weight (increase or decrease)
  • Eating more or less then usual

Psychological symptoms

  • Continuous low mood/sadness
  • Feeling tearful
  • Critical/negative thinking
  • Over ridden with guilt
  • Feeling like a victim
  • Loss of interest in things once enjoyable
  • Loss a purpose in life
  • Finding it difficult to make decisions
  • Feelings of low self-esteem
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feelings of suicide or self harm

Social Symptoms

  • Avoiding others
  • Not engaging well at work/not going to work
  • Loss of interest in social events
  • Lack of interacting with family/friends

This is not a fully comprehensive list and if you find that you notice many of these symptoms in your life:

  • Book an appointment with your Doctor.
    • They will be able to assess you, potentially offer you medication and refer you to CBT therapy or more specialist help if required. You can also contact a private psychotherapist if you feel you want more continued support which is not time-limited. Visit my psychotherapy & hypnotherapy page for the way I work.
  • You can do this online self-assessment test by the NHS to see how depressed you may be.
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