Depression is a severe mental condition that won’t get better by itself—it needs professional attention. Although prevalent in US society, depression doesn’t receive much media attention than cancer, addiction, or COVID-19. However, a survey by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows that an estimated 17.3 million people in the US experience depression every year. So, what are the signs of depression? Landmark Recovery can help guide individuals in better understanding depression and its treatment.
Typical Signs of Depression
You’ll need to be able to spot the signs and symptoms of depression to know when someone requires medical attention. If you suspect that your loved one is battling depression, various red flags can confirm your concerns.
It’s vital to understand that the signs vary from one person to another. Also, depression ranges from mild to severe. Moreover, people react to depression differently—depending on upbringing and family history or the availability and efficiency of social support. These are the common signs to watch out for.
It’s common to suffer from brain miasma or obliviousness. However, you’ll lack focus if you live with depression, thus rendering you unable to perform daily duties at school, work, or home. As a result, you’ll become restless and start having unfounded worries.
Anxiety will lead to moments when you’ll make more mistakes than usual or be unable to make sound judgments. Anxiety and depression are related conditions that generally occur together.
Change in Appetite
A depression disorder can have a severe impact on your desire for food. Some people will overeat while others experience a substantial decrease in appetite.
Regardless of the way it influences your eating patterns, change in taste is one symptom that can impact both mental and physical well-being negatively. Even when you manage to lose weight during your depression period, it’s still an unhealthy route to weight loss.
Unexplained Aches and Pain
Depression can affect your physical well-being just as it affects your psychological health. In such cases, unexplained aches, pains, and suffering can signify depression.
A survey by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) indicates that more than 69% of people diagnosed with depression regularly visit their healthcare providers due to unexplained pains and aches.
The main underlying signs of depression are bloating, backaches, and joint pain.
Irritability and Moodiness
Displaying signs of a bad temper or arrogance doesn’t necessarily suggest that you may be suffering from depression. However, unexplained and intensified irritability can be a symptom of depression. If the little things are irritating or upsetting you more often, you may need professional help.
Without the right treatment at an OKC rehab center, the fury heightens and results in thoughts of suicide, self-harm, self-neglect, or the desire to harm others.
Excessive or Insufficient Sleep
Another primary symptom of depression is insomnia, or sometimes oversleeping. Remember, sleep disorders (like nightmares and insomnia) don’t ordinarily cause depression; they might be contributing factors to your instability and mood fluctuations.
Other symptoms that result from disrupted sleep patterns include:
- Loss of interest in pleasurable hobbies or activities such as sports, sex, and vacations
- Lack of energy or lethargy—small tasks feel too exhausting
- Slowed thinking, body movements, or speaking
- Feeling of worthlessness
Seek Professional Help at Rehab
Depression increases your risk of suicide, alcohol and substance use disorder, compromised immune system, and mental breakdown. At Landmark Recovery, we’re your trusted partner to achieving an enhanced overall mental health status.
At our facility, you’ll receive various treatment options, such as:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Mindfulness therapy
- Recreational therapy
- 12-Step program
- SMART recovery therapy
- Individual & group therapy
- Intensive outpatient program
If you recognize the signs of depression mentioned above, seek prompt medical attention. The longer you wait, the higher the risk of your condition severely damaging your career, intimate relationship, and family ties. Contact us at 405.494.4239 to schedule an appointment.