The usual symptoms of depression include losing an interest and pleasure in life, feeling constantly tired, having memory and learning problems, and generally feeling unhappy. Loosing the capability of feeling emotions, even towards the closest people such as the partner or the children is in most cases also a clear sign of depression. People suffering from depression will also tend to avoid their friends by ignoring their calls and texts, and making up excuses not to go to a social gathering which once they used to enjoy.
Other symptoms of depression are the incapability to cope with situations, tasks and problem solving, which previously were easily performed. The problem concentrating and thinking is another associated symptom, which many depressed people complain about. This can be a serious problem when having to study or work, and the feeling of being incapable of performing these tasks can worsen the overall feeling of hopelessness and pessimism associated with depression.
Extremities, in the lines of extreme slowing down or extreme agitation can also be signs that a person is suffering from depression. If a person displays any of this extreme behavior without another reason, there is a great chance they may be depressed and in need of treatment.
Physical symptoms of depression you may not be aware about
But in many cases, any symptom, which doesn’t have a clear underlying cause can be a symptom of depression, which is one of the reasons it is sometimes misdiagnosed or diagnosed late. There are some physical signs that a person is suffering from depressive illness including body aches and pain in various parts of the body, most often in the stomach, bowels, muscles, joints, as well as quite severe back and neck pain.
Problems of the digestive system are also a common symptom of depression and anxiety, ranging from diarrhea to constipation, these symptoms should also be taken into consideration when diagnosing someone with a depressive illness.
The constant feeling of fatigue and exhaustion along with insomnia are also common depression symptoms, which combined can make the situation for the person affected even worse, if they can’t get enough sleep. A very widespread symptom is the feeling of exhaustion even after waking up – this happens to a large number of people suffering from depression.
Even though chest pain can be an indication of a dangerous heart condition such as a heart attack, or a lung and respiratory condition as well, often people who are depressed will complain of chest pains without any other underlying physical cause.
Other physical symptoms of depression include reoccurring headaches and migraine headaches, they can appear as new symptoms in a depressed person, or become more persistent and strong if the depressed person used to have them before.
People suffering from depression will often experience a change in the appetite and weight, in some cases depression may cause a lack of appetite and weight loss, and in other cases it will cause overeating and weight gain.
A typical symptom of depression is the decreased and even missing libido. Depressed people may refuse and even be sickened by the idea of having sex. In many cases the antidepressants prescribed for the depression will also affect the desire for sexual intercourse as well.
Often people who are depressed will generally feel quite a lot of physical symptoms; many will describe their condition as extremely “run down” like when suffering from a very bad flu. These physical symptoms can make a depressed person not want to come out of bed at all.
Some research has found that depression can hold a risk of further health problems, such as increasing the risk of developing a heart disease, as well as a greater chance of developing osteoporosis.
It is very important for people to know that depression isn’t just mental, but that there are various physical symptoms of depression as well. The doctors should be able to recognize and diagnose depression by carefully evaluating the possible reasons for some of these physical symptoms a person is experiencing. Getting treatment for this illness is crucial, in order to eliminate all the mental and the physical symptoms of depression if left untreated, because there is a risk that if the pain or other bothering physical symptoms aren’t resolved, this could lead to further depression and even to suicidal thoughts or actions.