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					The Symptoms of Depression



                                Ignacio Segovia
                               +1 (888) 856-7624
                                  Member of the
              Canadian Psychological Association
             Association of Canadian Ergonomists
Feeling down occasionally is an inevitable
 part of life, but when these feelings of
 despair or hopelessness take a hold of
 your everyday life and will not let go, it
 may be a sign of depression.
The feelings that come with depression
 make it hard to be functional throughout
 your day and to enjoy life as it is meant
 to be. If you think you are depressed,
 the first step is to understand the signs,
 symptoms, causes, and possible
 treatments that are available to you.
The term "depression" has become a
 default self-diagnosis in society today,
 yet depression is much more than just a
 fluctuation in mood or a sad reaction to
 certain struggles or setbacks in life.
 People with serious depression
 sometimes equate the feeling to "living in
 a state of impending doom"; however,
 some people who live with depression
 describe a feeling not of sadness, but one
 of lifelessness, emptiness, or even anger
 and aggression.
Whatever the cause may be, the fact is
 that depression engulfs your everyday
 life, interfering with your ability to
 function within the day-to-day and
 affecting things like work, school, sleep
 patterns, and general joy of living.
These feelings of powerlessness and
 hopelessness are intense and unrelenting
 with scarce periods of relief.
Some symptoms of depression can be
 equated to life's normal lows and
 changes in mood; however, it is when
 these symptoms become overwhelming
 and immobilizing that you must consider
 seeking the help of a therapist:
Feelings of extreme helplessness. An
 overall bleak outlook on life, with no
 anticipation of a light at the end of the
 tunnel.
Concentration problems. Trouble
 focusing or making even small decisions,
 and short term memory loss.
Loss of interest in routine activities.
 No interest in social activities, former
 hobbies, or physical contact
 Extreme self-loathing. Strong feelings of
  worthlessness or personal guilt. Strong self-
  criticism for perceived faults or mistakes.
 Changes in sleep pattern. Insomnia or
  oversleeping is common, along with extreme
  difficulty in waking up at all (especially in
  the early hours of the morning).
 Changes in weight or appetite. Eating
  patterns become sporadic, often
  accompanied by significant weight loss or
  weight gain.
Anger or irritability. Feeling easily
 agitated or provoked, restless, and even
 violent. Patience is scarce and temper is
 short.
Reckless behaviour. Substance abuse,
 self abuse, compulsive gambling or risk-
 taking, reckless driving, or dangerous
 sports and activities.
 If the above symptoms seem to manifest
  throughout your daily life, then it may be
  time to seek the help of a psychotherapist
  before seeking a pharmaceutical alternative.
  With many cases of depression, speaking
  with a professional can neutralize these
  feelings over time. Unlike most illnesses that
  have a specific medical cause and a
  straightforward treatment, depression is
  variant in the cause and can be brought on
  by any combination of biological, genetic,
  psychological, and social factors:
 Loneliness
 Lack of social support
 Recent stressful or traumatizing life
  experiences
 Family history of depression
 Marital and relationship problems
 Financial burden
 Childhood abuse or trauma
 Substance abuse
 Unemployment or dissatisfaction with
  employment
 Chronic pain
It is important to remember that the
 feelings of helplessness that come with
 depression are merely symptoms, not
 the reality of your situation--it does not
 mean that you are weak or that you
 cannot change. The key to treating
 depression is to take small steps and ask
 for help in doing so. Isolation fuels
 depression, so reach out to someone who
 can help you.
Although this may be hard to do, as you
 likely feel as though you want to be
 constantly alone, leaving feelings of
 depression untreated can have
 detrimental results to you and your loved
 ones.
Read more about Depression St
 Catharines here:

http://www.ignaciosegovia.com/

				
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Description: Feeling down occasionally is an inevitable part of life, but when these feelings of despair or hopelessness take a hold of your everyday life and will not let go, it may be a sign of depression.