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Depression: Symptoms and Diagnosis
The signs of depression can be subtle and may slowly increase over time in a way that you don’t even realize it is happening. Early signs of exhaustion, lack of interest or loss of appetite can be attributed to many events, and depression can often be in full swing before you realize you need help.
Depression doesn’t always manifest as the classic fatigue and not wanting to get out of bed. Depressed individuals can also be agitated, easily annoyed and restless. Types of symptoms and their severity vary.
The NIH shares these potential symptoms:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.
A diagnosis of different types of depression should be made by a trained health professional. ACN Latitudes recommends that people keep a log of symptoms and try to determine if diet or other environmental factors may be connected to symptoms.
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