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8 Telltale Signs of Depression

Clinical depression is defined as a mental health disorder that persistently causes a sad mood and a loss of interest in activities. It’s one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States, and it affects about 16 million Americans.

Depression can make daily life challenging, and it can impact every individual differently. Annette Lusko, DO, is an expert in developing personalized treatment plans for adults with depression

Along with our team at Ketamine Integrative Medicine, she partners with patients to help them manage depression and improve their quality of life with ketamine therapy.

 Learning to recognize the telltale signs of depression — whether it’s in yourself or a loved one — is the first step in ensuring you get the care you need. Here are eight of the most common signs of depression. 

1. Persistent feelings of sadness

Constantly feeling sad is one of the most well-known symptoms of depression. People with depression often feel sad, empty, or hopeless, even if they can’t identify a specific reason for feeling that way.

2. Difficulty concentrating

If you have depression, you might find it difficult to focus on a task and see it through to completion. Many people with depression struggle to focus and remember tasks, whether it’s in work, school, or in their personal lives.

3. Loss of interest

People with depression may experience a noticeable loss of interest in their favorite activities. These can include hobbies, social activities, and even sex. Coupled with difficulty concentrating, this can lead to a significant drop in performance at school or work.

4. Sleep disturbances

Depression may cause you to sleep more, but it can also cause insomnia. Sleep disturbances can include difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, waking early, and oversleeping. Many people living with depression find that even if they sleep more, they’re still tired when they wake up.

5. Fatigue

Fatigue and lack of energy are also linked to depression. Even if you’re sleeping more than usual, you might feel extremely tired and unmotivated. Depression can make even small tasks, such as getting dressed, feel overwhelming.

6. Anxiety

Depression and anxiety commonly occur together, and anxiety can develop as a symptom of depression. It’s another common mental health condition that’s characterized by excessive worry, racing thoughts, and restlessness.

7. Irritability

Depression may make you irritable, cranky, or short with others. Even if there’s no cause for anger, you might find that you snap more easily if you have depression. Although women are more likely to have depression than men, men are more likely to experience irritability and misplaced anger.

8. Lingering aches and pains

Physical aches and pains, headaches, and even digestive problems may be a sign of depression. If these symptoms don’t have a clear physical cause, or they haven’t improved with treatment, they may be linked to depression.

Depression affects everyone differently. Some people find that their symptoms are so severe that their daily lives are affected. Others notice a general feeling of sadness or hopelessness without knowing why.

While these symptoms are some of the most common, they’re not the only signs of depression. If you or someone close to you has suicidal thoughts or actions, seek emergency medical care immediately.

You don’t have to let depression rule your life. If you’re seeking an alternative way to treat depression, book an appointment online or over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine to find out if ketamine therapy could help you.

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