Depression is a common but serious disease that ranges widely in severity. If you have a milder case, you may struggle with symptoms that include sadness, irritability, anger, and fatigue that last for weeks or longer. Such depression interferes with your daily life and relationships.
But some cases of depression are more severe, with intense symptoms that may include significant appetite and weight loss, sleep problems, and frequent thoughts of death or suicide. Such depression can be paralyzing. You may isolate yourself and have trouble getting out of bed or leaving the house.
Here are 9 signs of major depression that you should look out for.
- You’ve lost the ability to experience joy, even when you’re doing what you most love (doctors call it anhedonia & it’s one of the most reliable symptoms of serious depression). If you can’t find pleasure in what used to reliably make your heart sing, chances are you’re depressed.
- You feel depressed most of the day, nearly every day.
- You’ve lost weight without dieting, or you’ve gained weight.
- You can’t sleep, or you sleep all the time.
- Others notice that you’re agitated or you’ve dramatically slowed down.
- You’re fatigued nearly every day.
- You experience feelings of worthlessness or guilt nearly every day.
- You have trouble concentrating or you’re indecisive nearly every day.
- You keep thinking about death, have recurring suicidal thoughts, or have a plan for suicide.
These are all crucial signs of major depression and we recommend you speak to your physician as soon as possible.