Depression is the second most common mental health disorder in the United States, and the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is a mood disorder which causes regular sadness, loss of interest, or agitation. Depression is an inflammatory condition which can cause problems with mood, thinking, energy, behavior and relationships which can cause problems with work, home, or social life. Stress, body chemistry, genetics, problems with relationships, grief, or environmental factors are some of the leading causes of depression.
Symptoms of Depression
- Most of the time (doesn’t have to be all of the time or every day) your mood feels sad, hopeless, empty, or detached. Some people experience irritability, frustration, or anger as their mood general mood.
- Outbursts of crying or frustration over small matters.
- You just don’t feel like doing the things you normally do. Motivation, energy, or interest in doing stuff just isn’t there.
- Tiredness or lack of energy. You feel more exhausted than you should, or find yourself tiring easily.
- Sleep disturbances. Either insomnia or sleeping too much.
- Your temper seems shorter than normal.
- Decreased libido
- Slowed thinking, body movement or speaking
- Problems with memory, concentrating, or making decisions
- Changes in appetite, can be an increase or decrease
- Unintentional weight gain or loss
- Headaches, back pain, or digestive issues
- Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or self-criticism. Getting lost in loops in self-blame
- Frequent thoughts of death, that you would be better off dead, suicidal thoughts