How to Recognize CLINICAL depression symptoms 

They say everyone gets the blues sometimes and if you’re reading this, I’m sure you can relate. The truth is that everyone gets sad sometimes, as feeling sad is a normal response to many of life’s struggles or losses.  But what about when the sadness worsens and goes on for weeks or months?  What if you feel so badly that you’re having trouble performing your daily functions?

What if you begin withdrawing from friends and family? When sadness gets to this point, it’s time to seek medical help, as you could be dealing with clinical depression symptoms.

When dealing with major depression, it is important to be able to recognize the symptoms, as neglecting to do so can cause enormous amounts of pain and suffering and can sometimes lead to suicide.  Now that is a lot of pain if someone is thinking about killing him or herself!

Health experts assert that about half of the people who experience major depression never get diagnosed or treated for such, which is quite unfortunate. This is one reason it is important to recognize the symptoms as soon as possible.

Here are some of the major clinical depression symptoms:

  • Feeling tired much of the time. Not much energy. Sometimes you can’t even get out of bed or dread getting up each day
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, and struggle with feeling any sense of purpose on earth
  • Lack of ability to concentrate, may forget things or start tasks but it takes you twice as long to finish them due to poor focus
  • Difficult time getting to sleep, waking up a lot during the night, or sleeping more than normal.
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • The desire to sleep all the time because that is when you don’t feel pain
  • Feelings of emptiness and desperation
  • Body aches, chronic illness
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

Suicide warning signs

Major depression can make someone feel so down that they might have thoughts of suicide or perhaps attempt suicide. It’s not that they really want to die, but they feel such an intense pain, killing themselves seems to be the only way they can think of to end the pain. There are warning signs of suicide and ought to be taken seriously, as statistics state that one in ten people with major depression commit suicide.

Should you or a loved one display suicidal warning signs, you can call the local suicide hotline or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Warning signs of suicide with depression include:

  • Going from extremely sad to very happy and calm for no apparent reason.
  • Consistent thoughts or talk about death.
  • Taking dangerous risks like speeding through red lights, doing dangerous behavior
  • Complete loss of interest in everything
  • Making comments about how badly you want the pain to end and willing to do anything to end it
  • Clinical depression that just keeps getting worse and worse
  • Creating or changing a will, tying up loose ends
  • Making suicidal threats or attempts
  • Extreme isolation, have no desire to engage with anyone
  • Making amends to loved ones for no apparent reason

If you or a loved on displays any of these signs, it is important to get them the help that they need in order to assure their safety.  Suicidal tendencies are nothing to play around with or ignore. Many people will display warning signs because they really want help, but don’t know what to do in order to get that help. 

Life is certainly full of struggles, setbacks, and all sorts of circumstances.  Sometimes it is quite normal to feel sad due to a loss such as a break up, the death of a loved one, or a host of other reasons, but normally you can get through the grief within a reasonable amount of time.  In the case that your grief feels too hard to bear or the grief lasts for week after week with no sign of lifting, consider reaching out for help.

When dealing with others, keep your awareness high when dealing with someone who is displaying clinical depression symptoms and encourage them to reach out for help via a counselor, teacher, parent, or someone else who will be able to point them in the right direction.

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