Depression is extremely common. It’s estimated that over 16.2 million adults in the United States have had or currently have depression, which is about 6.7 percent of all adults in America. If you’re concerned you might be experiencing depression, know that you are not alone.
It’s important to note that having depression is not the same as feeling sad. While we all have negative emotions from time to time, those with depression experience extreme hopelessness, sorrow, and lack of motivation for more than weeks at a time.
If the above description sounds like something you’re currently experiencing, keep reading below to learn the most common symptoms of clinic depression below.
Common Signs of Depression
- Loss of interest in your day-to-day
- The desire to escape in your behavior such as being reckless, abusing drugs and alcohol, or even harming yourself
- Feeling helpless, hopeless, or thinking thoughts that nothing will get better or ever improve
- Not being able to sleep at all or wanting to sleep for much longer than necessary
- Changing your appetite, such as eating your favorite foods and gaining weight or having no interest in food and therefore losing weight
- Loss of concentration and the ability to make decisions
- Intensified emotions of anger, irritability, or sadness. This also means you usually have a very short temper and patience level
- An increase in daily pain, such as joint aches, headaches, back issues, and more
- Digestive issues that refuse to get better
- Lack of energy to get through the day and do your favorite hobbies
- Hating yourself or feeling worthless
- Suicidal desires and wanting to leave this world
- Having no desire to go out anymore or spend time with your loved ones
- Anxiety, restlessness, and inability to sit still
If you think you might be depressed, it’s worth visiting your physician or therapist as soon as possible. They will be able to properly diagnose you and give you the coping tools to keep going through these difficult feelings.
In addition, if you or someone you love if experiencing crippling depression with suicidal thoughts, don’t wait to get help and talk to someone. Click here to meet with crisis counselors right now, if you need it. Click here to meet with crisis counselors right now, if you need it.
Researchers are looking for ways to better understand, diagnose and treat depression. They are also studying strategies to personalize care for depression, such as identifying characteristics that predict which treatments will be most effective. If you would like to help in those studies,click here to see if you are eligible for a depression study with the Atlanta Center for Medical Research.