Depression: Top Five Symptoms

Thursday, 09 Sep 2010 04:56 PM

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Depression is the last stage of repetitive negative reactions to different situations in life. At this point one begins to show signs and symptoms of depression. Depression is also exhibited in individuals who have suffered a recent major trauma like the loss of a close one or some life-changing event like an accident or pereceived major failure. Women, men, teenagers, and the elderly are all prone to experiencing depression.
 
Teenage depression symptoms are quite different from adult depression symptoms. Teenagers may exhibit irritability or anger, and may not take criticism well. They may keep a very small group of friends or withdraw from parents and other family members, and may complain about ailments such as body ache, headache, or stomachache. If teenage depression symptoms are not noticed and treated, they may lead to violent behavior, drug abuse, addictions to internet or computer games, and may affect the teen’s self-esteem. It may present as an eating disorder or some teens may even attempt self-injury.
 
Most depression symptoms in adults include feelings of worthlessness, decreased vitality, decreased interest in life’s activities, unexplained aches and pains, overeating or under-eating, low libido, negative thoughts, sleep disturbance, and intense sadness. These symptoms manifest themselves into muscular, neurological, or psychosomatic problems. The intensity of depression and symptoms are proportionate. The severity of symptoms indicates the severity of depression a person suffers.
 
Severe depression symptoms include disinterest in all aspects of life. The person may exhibit symptoms of psychosis like delusions and hallucinations, may suffer from insomnia in which they experience difficulty in getting back to sleep, may come across as extremely lethargic, or may get agitated easily.
 
One major cause of depression is anxiety. Anxiety symptoms include excessive worry over daily affairs, life, or future, and excessive fear and dread. Such people suffer restlessness, are tired, have excessive muscle tension, grind teeth, show irritability, and exhibit increased sweating, startling, or trembling hands. Depression and anxiety symptoms are usually not proportional to the everyday life situations. Thus anxiety starts interfering in everyday activities like regular chores, school, office, social activities, and relationships with spouse and family.
 
Teenage depression symptoms, if ignored, can change into severe depression symptoms. When a person suspects depression and when symptoms are associated with it, they need to immediately seek medical help. The cause of depression may be a chemical imbalance in the body that affects the nervous system or overall vitality, hormone imbalance like the TSH, estrogen, post-delivery changes in the body, and deficiency of vitamins and certain minerals like vitamin B12, iron, and vitamin C. Certain types of depression are psychological in nature for which the person may seek psychological counseling.
 
Several antidepressants and other drugs are prescribed by doctors depending on the severity of depression and the extent of its effect on everyday activities.

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