Before, we start on how to find out if we are depressed; let’s find how what depression really is?
According to psychiatry depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression is different from being sad and feeling down. Mental Health Foundation says unhappiness is something which everyone feels at one time or another usually due to a specific cause. A person experiencing depression will experience intense emotions of anxiety, negativity, and helplessness, hopelessness and feelings stay with them without going away.
For instance, if you are going through a tough time, its completely normal to feel down, upset, sad for a while. But when the feelings become overwhelming which leads to some symptoms you might notice and lost for a long period, this can stop you from having an active life.
That’s when you should seek medical help.
But how do we find out if we are depressed? The only way we can find out is through symptoms.
- Aches, pain, headaches or sometimes cramps that don’t go away.
- Tiredness,Laziness, loss of Energy
- Trouble concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness & sleeping too much
- Loose of self-confidence and self-esteem
- Avoiding people sometimes close friends
- Not able to enjoy things you previously enjoyed
- Difficulty to function in school or work
- Thinking about suicide
- Sadness that doesn’t go away
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Digestive problems that don’t get better
If you are having four or more symptoms, you must seek your General Physician to know the causes.