Depression Major Depression Symptoms

A condition of mental disturbance, typically with lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or interest in life.

Major Depression Symptoms

People affected by major depression suffer from a profound sense of hopelessness and despair. Their condition can make it difficult for them to work, study, sleep, eat, and enjoy friends or activities.

  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Impaired concentration or indecisiveness
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)
  • Markedly diminished interest in almost all activities
  • Recurring thoughts of death or suicide

It’s not enough to experience these symptoms occasionally. Victims of clinical depression are affected by these signs almost every day for at least two weeks. Another important symptom of major depression is considerable weight loss or gain. To be noteworthy, such change must be more than a 5% difference in body weight within a month.

Triggers for Major Depression

With all the stresses in today’s world it is easy to understand how more and more people are experiencing depression on one level or another. In fact, studies show that 20-25% of the U.S. population will experience at least one episode of major depression, also known as clinical depression, in their lifetime. Some common events that trigger clinical depression include:

  • Grief from losing a loved one through:
    • Death
    • Divorce
    • Separation
  • Major life changes such as:
    • Moving
    • Graduation
    • Changing Jobs
    • Retirement
  • Personal conflicts in relationships with a significant other or superior
  • Physical, sexual or emotional abuse

Research shows that twice as many women as men have major depression. This could be attributed to increased responsibilities at work and at home, as well as the different hormonal changes they experience during their lifetime. Reports show, on the other hand, that men are less likely to report their depression.

Seeking Treatment

If you or someone you know is suffering from major depression, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. The symptoms associated with this condition can substantially affect a person’s life, disrupting daily activities and close relationships. Treatment generally consists of a prescription for medication, typically antidepressants, and/or psychotherapy.

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