Depression varies, but there are some common symptoms and signs. Remember that the symptoms can be part of life’s normal lows.

If you think you are suffering from depression, seek treatment or medical advice from a qualified health care provider. Consult a doctor or other health care professionals for advice, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

Symptoms of depression includes:

  1. Continuous low mood or sadness
  2. Feeling of helplessness and hopelessness
  3. Loss of interest in daily activities
  4. Appetite or weight changes
  5. Disturbed sleep
  6. Anger or irritability
  7. Loss of energy
  8. Self-loathing
  9. Having low self-esteem
  10. Feeling tearful
  11. Lack of energy
  12. Concentration problems
  13. Unexplained aches and pains
  14. Having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself

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Risk factors that make you more vulnerable to depression includes:

  1. Loneliness and isolation
  2. Lack of social support
  3. Recent stressful life experiences
  4. Family history of depression
  5. Marital or relationship problems
  6. Financial strain
  7. Early childhood trauma or abuse
  8. Alcohol and drug abuse
  9. Unemployment or underemployment
  10. Health problems or chronic pain


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