Not every symptom of depression is easy to spot. Nor is every possible symptom an automatic indicator that one is experiencing a diagnosable mental health problem. Depression is a tricky disorder and manifests itself differently in different people. Since there is no single clear indicator of the disease, it is important to recognize the wide range of potential symptoms in order to know when to feel concerned about our own health or that of loved ones. By looking at the range of possibilities and noting whether multiple indicators are simultaneously present, we are more likely to be able to discern whether a given behavior is a symptom of depression or not.

One unmistakable symptom of depression is a profound sense of sadness. All of us naturally and normally experience “low” periods or “blue moods.” If these feelings are felt intensely and linger, it is a possible symptom that some form of depression is present.

That feeling of sadness, however, is not the only symptom of depression. In fact, there are literally scores of ways the illness can manifest itself. Interestingly, some symptoms are seeming opposites. For instance, a loss of appetite may be an indicator, but so is a sudden increase in appetite. Some depressed individuals find themselves unable to sleep and others will find it hard not to sleep their days away. Thus, any sudden changes in one’s overall approach to life, when coupled with a sense of sadness, may be symptoms of the disease.

Other symptoms are a bit more clear. If one finds himself or herself thinking about suicide or having suicidal ideations, that is a strong indicator of depression. Likewise, frequent crying jags, an increased sense of anxiety or nervousness and heightened levels of agitation are often associated with the illness.

Depression can be an incredibly debilitating disease. The United Nations indicates that within a few short years it will be the world’s second most destructive illness, trailing only heart disease. Because of the high stakes and potential devastation the quality of sufferers’ lives, one should approach any potential symptom seriously. This is particularly true when possible symptoms last for over two weeks, as this is a benchmark often used in the diagnosis of clinical depression.

If you or someone you know is displaying some or many of these traits, it is perfectly reasonable to immediately seek a professional opinion. Any potential symptom should be considered a warning flag justifying closer examination.

It can be difficult to discern what is a symptom of depression and what is merely a regular part of living an emotionally balanced life. However, on is always better off deferring to the possibility of illness and seeking medical advice at the earliest possible moment. You don’t have to be sure in order to justify closer inspection of any possible symptom of depression.

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