Signs of Depression in Adults
Depression hurts and it can have a debilitating effect on one’s everyday life. Activities one used to enjoy no longer seem worth doing.
Simple things such as hygiene, proper eating or leaving the house may fall by the wayside. Motivation is lacking to do anything meaningful and is replaced by sadness and the desire to stay in bed and sleep away the day.
These are just a few of the ways that this illness can transform someone’s life. In adults, other depression symptoms may include the following:
- Feeling of intense sadness or feeling blue
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Loss of pleasure or interest in activities one used to enjoy including hobbies and sex
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or self-loathing
- Feelings of helplessness or pessimistic feelings and guilt
- Loss or increase of appetite, usually accompanied by noticeable weight loss or weight gain
- Feelings of anxiousness and restlessness
- Irritability and increased anger, usually a short temper where everything seems to “get on one’s nerves”, a general increase in overall frustration
- Decreased energy level and overall fatigue
- Increase in the number of aches and pains in the body, including backaches, headaches and stomach pains
- Inability to think clearly, slowed thinking, memory loss
- Easily distracted with an inability to concentrate clearly
- Crying for no apparent reason
- Isolation or withdrawal from family and friends
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Risky behavior such as substance abuse, gambling addiction or other self-destructive activities
While men and women can experience any of the above depression symptoms, men are more prone to sleep loss, irritability, loss of interest in hobbies and activities once enjoyed and fatigue and lower energy level.
Women are more prone to crying spells, apparent sadness and feelings of helplessness and or guilt when going through depression.
Although these seem to be tendencies among the different genders, none of the above depression symptoms should be overlooked or ignored.