A few signs and symptoms of Depression

We’ve all gone through stages of depression at some point in our lives. But it needs to be noticed carefully that depression doesn’t turn into illness.

There are 3 ways by which you can understand whether your bad mood has become Clinical Depression

1. When you’re in a severely sad state of mind.

2. When your depressed mood lasts for 2 weeks or more.

3. When it hampers your ability to function properly at home and/or work.


Depression comes in a number of forms

Some people may experience a single bout of depression, while for others it might be a recurring phenomenon. So the symptoms of depression vary too, but there are some common signs that signal you’re dealing with depression.

1. Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism and helplessness making you feel nothing in your life is going to get better.

2. Persistent feeling of sadness throughout the day.

3. Loss of interest in daily activities like pursuing your hobbies or socialising with people or even engaging in sex. You feel that you’ve lost the ability to experience pleasure or happiness.

4. Reduced energy levels making you feel fatigued or physically drained.

5. Decreased ability to control emotions like anger, anxiety, irritability and guilt.

6. Changes in appetite and weight leading to weight loss or weight gain at the rate of more than 5% of your body weight in a month.

7. Poor memory and trouble in concentrating.

8. Changes in sleep patterns causing insomnia, broken sleep, early morning waking or over sleeping.

9. Decrease in the level to tolerate pains and aches and an increase in physical ailments like headaches, back pain, muscle ache or stomach pain.


Depression @ Workplace

We open ourselves up to the people we are close to – our family, friends and loved ones. But the situation becomes worse at workplaces. Conscious about the professional environment and formality in the relations, a depressed person hardly expresses his problem to his colleagues or seniors. There also remains the issue of feeling embarrassed, rebuked, stigmatised or ashamed that prohibits him from sharing his illness or seeking help. However, there are certain symptoms that show how the actions of a person change at workplace when he is going through depression.

1. Reduced productivity
2. Difficulty in concentration. Decision making
3. Lack of motivation and cooperation
4. Increase in errors in work
5. Increased frequency of absent days or sick leaves
6. Decrease in dependability
7. More prone to accidents and physical injury
8. Being tired throughout the day
9. Alcohol and/or drug abuse
10. Increase in physical aches and pains


Internal Links

[1] Depression; a global physical and mental killer
[2] Causes of Depression: Genetic, illnesses, emotional causes…
[3] Science behind Depression: Biology of a Dark Mind
[4] Managing Depression without Medication
[5] Yoga helps ease Depression

Aashish Nanda

I am not a Spiritual Guru. I am not a Healer. I am not a Coach. I am not a Transformer. After trying to define myself, with various labels, I realized that I am simply a Muser... I just pen down what appeals to me. Please consult a professional guide, in case you need any advice.

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