Fatigue, insomnia, “feeling down” and a change in appetite are all common symptoms of depression – but many people who have these symptoms don’t give them second thought. Work, family and relationships are often given the blame, but if your symptoms persist, or get worse, then it could be alarm bells that something else is wrong.
Won’t these feelings just go away?
Unfortunately it’s very rare for these feelings to resolve themselves. In fact, if left untreated, symptoms of depression can actually get worse – and continue for years.
Not knowing how to recognise symptoms of depression is often the biggest hurdle when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. And worryingly, worldwide statistics show that nearly half of all people who have symptoms don’t ever get diagnosed or treated. It’s a social stigma that needs to be broken.
Symptoms of depression vary greatly in severity, and from person to person, however these are some of the most common symptoms:
- Battling to concentrate, make decisions or to remember details
- Feeling helpless, guilty or worthless
- Feeling pessimistic or hopeless
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Insomnia, sleeping too much, or waking up very early
- Feeling restless or irritable
- Loss of interest in hobbies or activities that used to bring you pleasure – including sex
- Changes in appetite or eating habits – for example over-eating or losing your appetite
- Pains, cramps, headaches, or digestive problems that won’t go away
- Constantly feeling anxious or sad
- Having thoughts of suicide, or attempting suicide.
If you’ve been experiencing any combination of these symptoms, especially for long periods of time, then it’s time to make an appointment to see your doctor. Depression can be treated successfully if you get the right help. Remember, medication, exercise and positive lifestyle changes can make a big difference to how you’re feeling and how you overcome depression.
Do you think you could be suffering from depression? Speak to one of our doctors – they’re online 24/7 365 to answer your health questions and give you the trusted and professional medical advice you’re looking for. Simply sign up on our website, and download the free Hello Doctor app from the Google Play or iTunes store.
Other important contact numbers:
Life Line National Counselling: 0861-322-322 or
SADAG Mental Health Line: 0800 567 567