Depression – how do you know?

If you've lost the energy and passion for doing the things you used to love, then you could be suffering from depression. But unless you've experienced the symptoms before, you may not realise you need to seek professional help.

Depression – how do you know?

If you've lost the energy and passion for doing the things you used to love, then you could be suffering from depression. But unless you've experienced the symptoms before, you may not realise you need to seek professional help.

Whether you think you are suffering depression, or are worried about the mental state of someone close to you, knowing the tell-tale signs of depression can lead to a quicker diagnosis. While each symptom experience on its own can often be attributed to another cause, a combination of symptoms can point to depression as the root cause.

• extreme sadness - a constant feeling of sadness or emptiness and frequent crying
• unable to find pleasure - ceasing to enjoy a treasured pastime or to find pleasure in most daily activities
• dramatic weight loss or gain – a gain or loss of more than five per cent when not attempting to gain or lose weight
• altered sleep pattern – suddenly not being able sleep, experiencing broken sleep or sleeping too much
• agitation or extreme slowness – restless or agitated behaviour or being physically slower when undertaking even simple tasks
• fatigue – a constant feeling of lethargy or lack of energy
• worthlessness or guilty – feeling that you have no value or make no valuable contribution to those around you or feeling guilty for things which are out-with your control
• lack of concentration – the inability to think straight or make even the simplest decisions
• suicidal thoughts – contemplating how much better everyone would be without you around

If you think that you or someone close to you may be suffering from depression, use beyondblue’s Interactive Depression Checklist. Interactive Depression Checklist.





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    suanne
    19th Sep 2012
    10:00am
    i have had depression for a long time i have learned that most times i only feel the symptoms for two or three days and then i feel better
    kino
    19th Sep 2012
    11:57am
    Depression

    Imagine starting your day with an estrogen pill, followed by progesterone, prolactin, melatonin, oxytocin, and 50+ other hormones including gastrointestinal peptides and hypothalamic hormones. It is no wonder that the Townsend Medical Letter noted the following in May of 1995:

    "In reality, cow's milk, especially processed cow's milk, has been linked to a variety of health problems, including: mucous production, hemoglobin loss, childhood diabetes,
    heart disease, atherosclerosis, arthritis, kidney stones, mood swings, DEPRESSION, irritability, allergies."
    Most of the hormones mentioned here are female hormones and consuming dairy products can cause a hormonal imbalance. Too much of one hormone, not enough of another. The hormones in milk are in balance for baby cows, but not for humans.
    Archer
    11th Jan 2013
    9:01pm
    The Recent scientific research highlight the causes of depression, The wide range of treatments causes like Treatment can mean spending time talking to patients about their physical and emotional problems, examining their diet and exercise habits...

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