Depression symptoms, signs and causes

Depression can be caused by a number of factors including bereavement, alcohol or drug use, money worries etc. Symptoms of depression are extremely complex and can vary from person to person, but commonly they affect your emotional, physical and social ability.

Although you might find it hard to believe now, by seeking the right help you can tackle your depressive illness and achieve positive mental wellbeing again.

Common signs of depression

Signs of depression can include:

  • A lack of positivity and reduced energy - for example little or no motivation in the work place or at home. A lack of confidence and concentration and reduced self-esteem
  • Increased irritability - becoming annoyed at insignificant situations and taking it out on those who are close to you
  • Lack of interest in everyday life - for example dreading leaving your home and wanting to be alone on a regular basis
  • A sense of hopelessness - feeling consistently defeated and unable to see a way out
  • Feeling worse in the morning - not wanting to get out of bed is a common reaction to this
  • Sleeping issues - insomnia is a common symptom of depression as it is likely that you are unable to switch off from any negative thoughts. Sleeping long hours is also a common side effect
  • Change in appetite - either a decrease or increase in eating which will inevitably lead to weight loss or gain
  • Significantly lower mood - crying often, feeling angry, lack of trust and unable to be positive are common symptoms
  • Negative thoughts regarding family, friends, and sometimes life in general. Suicidal thoughts are a common side effect of depression, if this is the case please seek help immediately
  • Turning to alcohol or drugs as a way of coping with depression. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol or drugs will in fact hinder recovery and could lead to further problems, such as addiction, anxiety and financial troubles
  • Retreating from social situations - not meeting with friends or family, neglecting any responsibilities and decreased communication are common side effects

Depression becomes a serious illness when the sufferer starts to develop more extreme symptoms. Those who suffer from depressive illness will, in some cases, find it very difficult to be in social situations and can struggle to be positive.

Although sometimes feeling low and sad is a common emotion, depressive illness is an ongoingcondition and can have difficult repercussions such as a decrease in self esteem, motivation and processing abilities. In some cases, if depression is not treated, it can lead to more severe mental health issues, so addressing the issue at an early point is crucial.

What are the emotional symptoms of depression?

Depression can have a significant impact on your day-to-day wellbeing, and you may experience some of the following emotional symptoms of depression:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Feeling tearful and emotionally tired
  • Feelings of extreme guilt
  • Confusion
  • Feeling sensitive and vulnerable

Although it may be hard for you to believe, you can overcome your depression by receiving treatment. The treatments most commonly used are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is a type of psychotherapy, and antidepressant medication. Both are proven to be successful in combating depression.

Just as a patient sees a doctor about a physical illness, a psychiatrist will look at your symptoms and explore how they have developed.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding depression help, please call 0845 277 4679. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here.