The Symptoms of Depression
May Be Vague or Obvious.
Learn What They Are.

Feeling Depressed If you suffer from any of the symptoms of depression, does that mean you ARE depressed? We all go through hard times now and again. How do you know the difference between just feeling blue and being clinically depressed?

As many as 20 million Americans suffer from one of the many types of depression, and if you or someone you love is one of those, you know that it can be one of the most debilitating health issues there is.

Depression robs its victims of their quality of life, and it does not discriminate. If affects young children, teens and adults. Depression in children and depression in the elderly are both becoming ever-increasing problems. It is important to know if you or a loved one have any of the depression warning signs.

What Are the Symptoms of Depression?

  • You feel sad and hopeless.
  • You've lost interest in things that you used to care about. You don't get pleasure from much of anything anymore.
  • Your appetite has changed and you're either gaining or losing weight.
  • Your sleep patterns have changed - you're either sleeping way too much, or you've got insomnia and can't sleep.
  • You feel disgusted with yourself. You feel unworthy and guilty for no valid reason.
  • Your thought process is foggy - you can't concentrate and have a hard time making decisions.
  • You think the world would be a better place without you - you've been thinking about death and suicide.
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Other Physical Signs of Depression:

  • You ache - headaches and body aches are common.
  • You have cramps or other stomach and bowel discomfort that does not go away.
  • You feel tired all the time.
  • Your arms and legs feel heavy.

So, if you have any of the above signs or symptoms of depression, are you depressed? Not necessarily. Let's face it. Life is not always easy. All of us go through rough times and have valid reasons to feel sad and hopeless. The key here is whether or not there is a valid reason for how you're feeling.

If someone you love has died, or your house just burned to the ground, feeling sad is a normal, healthy response. It is important for you to feel the pain in order to move through the stages of grief.

It's only when you allow yourself to fully experience your grief and sadness that you are able to move through the necessary stages and come out ready and able to move on with life.

When there is no valid reason for your depression symptoms, however, and you can't seem to move on, that is when you need to seek help.

   As a general rule, if you have several of the above symptoms of depression and they continue on for more than 2 weeks, you may be suffering from major depression - please see a health care professional for a diagnosis.

Please watch this informative video on depression.

Please click on the links below to visit my many pages on depression. I've got information on the different types of depression, causes of depression, natural remedies for depression, as well as links to depression support groups. Always remember that you are not alone - there are many others coping with depression who want to help!

Check back often - as I come across more information on and help for depression, I'll share it with you. Also, be sure to subscribe to my free monthly electronic newsletter - I've got more to share with you about creating a healthy lifestyle (when you subscribe, you're automatically entered in my monthly drawing to win a free fabulous product from a company that promotes health)!

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