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Depression affects about ¼ of Americans. To understand depression and the signs you must experience depression one on one. There are four various types of depression, which are major depression, dysthymia, adjustment disorders and bipolar disorders. Each disorders have various symptoms to be aware of. In this article I will discuss each disorder and what symptoms to look out for.
Major Depression. This disorder is the most commonly known to affect Americans.
Signs and symptoms:
- Self-esteem. Depression alters the self-esteem. One moment you feel on top of the world, and the next your self-esteem is being torn to shreds by the disruptive disorder of depression.
- Sexual Desire. A person often looses the sexual desire for the opposite sex. Which results in no appetite to participate in any sexual activities or thoughts.
- Thoughts. An American who suffers from major depression is frequently distracted with thoughts of death and suicide. Not only are the thoughts impaired with constant reminding thoughts of death and suicide, it is often common to lose concentration with the distracting thoughts.
- Feelings. How often have you felt yourself as not being worthy enough to be near another person? Many do when suffering from depression. Guilt can a be a powerful emotion to feel when depression is involved. Helpless, worthlessness, and hopelessness are often thoughts and feelings that occur when someone is suffering from bouts of depression.
Sadness and grief can become overwhelming to those who are suffering from depression.
- Sleep. Sleep patterns are altered dramatically change. How? A few sleep disturbances include, insomnia, nightmares, too much sleep, or not enough sleep. Those are just a few disturbances to occur but each conflict that affects are sleep affect everyone differently.
- Weight. A change in weight usually occurs when a significant amount of weight is either gained or lost. Depression causes a conflict in interest in not eating or eating too much.
- Fatigue. Too much sleep or not enough sleep is a noticeable sign that the person is depressed and suffering from fatigue or a loss of energy. A person who is fatigue often has slow or restless movement.
- Activities. A loss of interest in daily activities, such as hanging with friends, showering, being around people are a clear sign of depression and a lack of interest of doing anything.
Dysthymia. It is a form of depression that lasts more than two weeks at a time.
- Concentration. Someone who is diagnosed with this form of depression their concentration is altered. Every aspect of the disease alters the person’s concentration, making it difficult to make any rash decisions. Or any decisions for that matter.
- Sleep. Any form of depression is like playing tricks on your mind, and it plays a major factor on your sleeping habits. Insomnia, sleeping too much, or not sleeping enough or frequent nightmares is apart of depression. Restlessness and sluggishness are another symptom that is part of the sleeping pattern.
- Weight. Don’t let anyone lie to you, depression does and will alter your weight loss as well as weight gain. But it doesn’t have to. A severe weight gain or severe weight loss is one of the first noticeable signs to knowing if someone is suffering from depression.
- Withdrawal. Whether it is social or emotional, a depressive disorder taunts the victim with mood swings and alters them into a world of their own. Withdrawal is a sign to keep an eye on. You will notice most people who suffer from this disorder either withdrawal from social gatherings and friends or they will shut off their emotions from themselves as well as others.
- Irritable. This is a common symptom of all depressive disorders. It is very often for them to say harsh remarks when spoken to. It isn’t them really talking so to speak, it is more the disorder talking through them. A person with this disorder is often bitter. It is unknown why, but it happens.
Bipolar disorder. It is recurring cycles of depression.
This disease is known as the “lows and highs,” disorder.
Signs and symptoms:
- Energy. Energy is often displayed in highs and lows and frequently occurs in cycles. One moment your energy level is high and the next moment it is low. These bouts of energy cycles are signs of the bipolar disorder.
- Sexual desire. An enhancement of desire for the opposite sex and for the act of sexual pleasure isn’t as clear as the other signs of depression. You may find yourself at your highest peak of your sexual desires. Or you might even find yourself at the lowest point of your sexual desire.
- Judgment and thoughts. Not only are your judgment and thoughts are linked together, but your judgment and thoughts are one of a kind. Your thoughts can become racing with various thoughts at once while this disorder can alter your judgment causing you to make bad decisions.
- Abuse. A person who is suffering from bipolar are frequently known to abuse alcohol or various others, such as weed, meth and various other drugs.
- Behavior. The behavior is altered dramatically through the cycles of the disorder. The behaviors can become unpredictable. Unpredictable is an appropriate to describe the behavior associated with this disorder. You never know what behavior happens next.
Adjustment Disorder. This mood disorder happens to everyone. Have you experienced a divorce, or some stressful event or situation in our lives? We all have. That is what adjustment disorder is. It is a depressive disorder, but it isn’t strong enough to declare it as a depression.
- Mood. Depending on the stressful event at hand, anxiety is a typical behavioral response to any stress or traumatic event going on in your life. Panic attacks are a first sign of anxiety. Moods are how we relate to one another. Emotions lie deep within any moods and tell an entire story without saying a word.
- Behavior. The conduct of your behavior often results in abnormal behaviors. Such as hiding out in a locked room, screaming, and crying hysterically. Or lashing out in those you love in anger and pain. Conduct is everything. And if a behavior caused by a stressful event is abnormal to another, please be aware of the changes.
As you have read, depression comes in various types. But neither one of them should be ignored. Depression is a highly deteriorating disease. It can make a victim out of anyone, but only if you allow it to. This article is written in hopes of helping others to know what signs and symptoms to look out for when dealing with depression.
Depression doesn’t have to control every aspect of your life. It can only if you let it. How? Take it one day at a time. I am a survivor of depression. It is a day to day struggle. I hope this article gives you hope in to coping and seeing the early signs of depression before the depressive thoughts take over every aspect of your life, and before it leads you to taking your own life.