8 Warning Signs That You Actually Have Clinical Depression, Not Just Feeling Depressed

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Our fast-paced life makes us stressed every day. Once in a while, we may burn out, and the feeling of sadness can be overwhelming. In this video, we will look at 8 warning signs of depression.

Is it sadness or depression?

Sadness is a transient emotional state characterized by feelings of disappointment, grief, hopelessness, disinterest, and sorrow. People experience sadness from time to time.

Oftentimes, “depressive” and “depression” are words people use loosely to describe their feeling of sadness.

But major depressive disorder, a medically defined depression, is a more serious condition.

How can we tell if that end-of-the-world feeling is actually depression, not just a long stretch of bad days?

Here are some specific symptoms:

1. Hopeless outlook for life
The most common symptom of depression is having a hopeless or helpless outlook for your life.
Depressed people may also be preoccupied with thoughts and feelings of worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate guilt.
They often say things like: “It’s all my fault,” or “What’s the point?”

2. Lost interest in everything
Anhedonia is the medical term for lost interest or pleasure in things you usually love. For example:
going out with friends.

3. Increased fatigue and sleep problems that turn your life into a living hell
You may have an overwhelming feeling of fatigue. This total lack of energy may have the greatest impact on your work or social life.
You can also have a problem falling asleep. And the next day, you have even less energy.
The above steps repeat and the situation can quickly spiral out of control.

4. Anxiety that is crippling

Depression and anxiety often occur together.
Symptoms of anxiety can include:
Feeling nervous, restless, or tense.
Having a sense of impending danger, panic, or doom.
Having an increased heart rate.
Breathing rapidly or hyperventilation.
Feeling weak or tired.
Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry.

5. Irritability in men

Women and men can have different symptoms of depression. Men are also less likely to recognize depression or seek treatment for it.
A depressed man may show these symptoms:
risky behavior.
substance abuse.
misplaced anger.

6. Unexplained changes in appetite and weight
Some people with depression will have an increased appetite and gain weight, while others won’t be hungry and will lose weight.

7. Mood swings for no reason
A person’s mood may fluctuate from irritability to extreme sadness to an angry outburst.
And there is no trigger for the mood swings.

8. Focuses on death – signs for seeking help
Some people talk openly about wanting to die or to commit suicide.
Or they dwell on the topic of death and dying.
They may research ways to kill themselves or buy a gun, knife, or pills.
If you think someone is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline.

If you have had some of the above symptoms for more than two weeks, you might be suffering from clinical depression or major depressive disorder. Seek medical help immediately.

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