If you are in a bad mood, it is quickly said: "I think I have a depression." But when is someone really depressed, where is the line between depressed mood and illness requiring treatment? Symptoms of depression are serious. What symptoms are, we show in this article.
What is depression?
Depression is one of the mental illnesses. In fact, depression affects the entire emotional life of the human being called affectivity. This includes each person's own mood and everything that is related to his feelings: for example, the intensity and duration with which feelings are perceived. Every human being is completely different and has his own affectivity.
Depression is when a condition of mood occurs that differs from the otherwise normal mood in depressive fashion for at least two weeks. In addition, there are also disturbances of affectivity associated with an excited type (mania) or that are not phased, but permanent (dysthymia and cyclothymia).
Depression: symptoms and signs
How is depression expressed? The sad mood - the depressive mood - is usually the strongest of the symptoms. But there are a whole host of other symptoms: Depressed people are often unable to feel pleasure or interest in anything. They complain about lack of drive, that is, they can not get up, do something, they lack the energy. At the same time they feel inwardly driven and uneasy (agitated).
In addition, it often comes as symptoms to poor concentration and memory disorders. It is extremely difficult to think: Thoughts that usually come and go quickly arise slowly and tenaciously, while pondering about actually simple facts for a long time. In addition, symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, loss of appetite, rare sensations of misperception and delusional ideas.
How to recognize depression
Unlike many illnesses, depression often makes you the last to realize that something is wrong with you. It is usually the case that friends or relatives become suspicious if one blows a long time mourning and the mood does not improve at all. Particularly important is the knowledge and education about this disease - only if as many people as possible are familiar with the symptoms and the treatment options of depression, those affected are addressed early and can benefit from an adequate therapy.
If you are unsure whether your mood low goes beyond a temporary depression, talk to a trusted person about your state of mind. If you do not want to bother friends or relatives with this sensitive topic, ask your doctor. An experienced psychologist, neurologist or psychiatrist can use an in-depth interview and various tests to take stock of your consciousness and psyche and determine exactly how depressed you are.