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Depression Signs to Watch For

By Randi Morse 

Everyone has days when they feel down or sad, but having a sad day is not the same as dealing with depression. Major depressive disorder is a mental health condition that affects millions of people. It can affect anybody, and the difficult thing is it's often hard to tell when somebody is suffering from depression as they may take great pains to hide it. There are some symptoms that you can look for that will help you to know if you, or a close friend or family member, has major depressive disorder or is just going through a rough patch. 


Having a hopeless outlook on life is one of the big symptoms of major depressive disorder. This comes along with feelings of worthlessness, guilt, and self-loathing. People who suffer from this condition often believe that there is no better day on the horizon, and that there never will be. 


People with major depressive order find a serious loss of interests. Things they used to love to do, they no longer enjoy. They may withdraw from their activities which then furthers their depression as they are no longer engaging in things they enjoy and often retreat from the rest of the world. 


A dramatic change of sleep can be one big symptom of depression. Some people with major depressive disorder find that they sleep all the time and are constantly tired, while others deal with serious insomnia. The less a person with depression sleeps, the worse their condition often becomes. 


Along with sleep changes, someone with major depressive disorder may also find their eating habits have changed as well. While some have an increased appetite, others have a decreased appetite. Losing a large amount of weight, or gaining a large amount of weight, may be a sign that you have a mental health condition, especially when paired with the other symptoms. 


While women with depression often deal with feelings of extreme sadness, there are some studies that show that men who have depression are angry, irritable, and engage in risky behavior. It is also true that men are much less likely to seek help from mental health conditions than women are. 

There is a great deal of stigma that surrounds mental health conditions, and there really shouldn't be as millions of people -- men, women, and children -- suffer from uncontrollable mental health problems. If you have experienced any of the above symptoms for a few weeks or longer, it is a good idea to speak with your physician. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Orem, Utah.

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