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What Are Signs of Depression To Watch Out For

Updated on August 5, 2012

In modern society more or less every person is suffering from depression still this subject is most neglected or being ignored because none want to reveal that he is suffering from depression. Common belief says depression is related with mental health and still in present days, educated people believe too, mental illness mean madness and who else want to projected himself a mad? Another important point to mention is mass ignorance about the manifestation or symptoms of depression. The remaining part of the article deals with the expression and manifestation of depression.

Signs of Depression

A former professor once told me that that depression can manifest itself in many ways. He said that when trying to determine whether or not another person, or a client in particular, was depressed, he would start out by asking them a series of questions that he believed were the best indicators for depression. He handed me a sheet one day entitled “What are Signs of Depression to Watch Out For?” and advised me to keep it with me throughout my career. I have, and it has really helped.

What are signs of depression in one person may not be in others. I have been almost certain at times that a person was depressed because he or she appeared to have a number of the signs that were listed on the sheet that my professor had provided to me, but I eventually realized that he or she was just lazy and unmotivated. Unfortunately, there are some people out there that are like that, who really have no interest whatsoever in pursuing anything in life besides laying around their parents' house and watching television all the time. Also unfortunate is that many parents enable such children!

But there are some good, basic guidelines, so what are signs of depression to watch out for? Well, they really do vary. Signs of depression include sleepiness, fatigue, lack of personal hygiene, lack of sex drive, no interest in activities that previously brought joy, no interest in hanging out with friends, withdrawal, and so on. There are also those people who exhibit depression in the form of rage, so that one may think that they are angry all the time, when they are actually very sad.

I actually had a patient come up to me one time and ask me what are signs of depression, and I began to read to him the list. He shook his head and then told me that he thought he was depressed. I began seeing him as a regular client for a while, and sure enough, that is exactly what was going on with him. It was impressive to me that he recognized that in himself and wanted to change. The problem was that he had recently lost his mother and was having a hard time getting over the loss.

Answering the question “What are signs of depression to watch out for?” is not always easy to do. There is a general list of some common factors, but you really have to know a person's situation and get to know them a little bit before you can actually determine if they are depressed. The good news is that depression is one of the most treatable psychological disorders, so people don't have to suffer forever.


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    • rodney80 profile image

      rodney80 5 years ago

      Medication need thorough counseling and pin point the type of depression. Anti-depression medication if started requires regular follow up and it can't be stopped suddenly so I avoid medication.

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      Debbie Pinkston 5 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      I appreciate your Hub and have thought about writing a Hub about depression as well. I also counsel many individuals who are suffering from depression. It would be helpful for you to publish a list of symptoms along with treatment alternatives. People need to know that medication is available and works well for most depression. I look forward to hearing more from you!

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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Funnily enough you seem to have forgotten to actually mention the signs...