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Lesser-Known Warning Signs of Depression

Lesser-Known Warning Signs of Depression

Depression is one of the leading mental health conditions in the United States. And while many people are familiar with certain symptoms, such as persistent sadness and hopelessness, there are other symptoms that aren’t as well known, such as weight changes and sleep issues.

Learning to recognize the symptoms of depression is the first step to feeling better, and that includes spotting these lesser-known signs. At Ketamine Integrative Medicine in Gilbert, Arizona, Annette Lusko, DO, and our team are trained in identifying and treating depression.

In this blog, Dr. Lusko explains some signs of depression that you may not be familiar with and how ketamine infusions might be able to help you.

Little-known signs of depression

The following are symptoms of depression that aren’t commonly known:

Changes in sleep habits

Depression can make it difficult to get restorative sleep. You might find that you have trouble falling asleep, or that you wake up frequently throughout the night. Sometimes, depression can make you wake up unusually early.

On the other hand, depression can also cause you to sleep much more than usual. You may notice that no matter how much you sleep, you still feel tired when you wake up and throughout the day.

Difficulty concentrating

Another common symptom of depression that’s often overlooked is difficulty concentrating. Suffering from depression could make focusing on tasks, remembering things, and concentrating very difficult.

Along with loss of interest in your usual activities, difficulty concentrating can significantly impact your performance at work, school, or in your personal life.

Fatigue

Chronic fatigue is a constant feeling of having little energy. Fatigue is a common symptom of depression, and you might frequently experience exhaustion even if you think you’re sleeping more than usual.

You could feel extremely tired throughout the day and take frequent naps. Depression can also make you feel unmotivated, so that even the smallest tasks seem overwhelming or impossible to complete.

Physical aches and pains

Depression is a mental health condition, but symptoms may not be limited to your mental well-being. Sometimes, depression can cause physical symptoms, such as aches, pains, and digestive problems.

If you have an unexplained physical ailment that hasn’t been traced to a physical cause — or one that hasn’t resolved with traditional treatment — it could be linked to depression or another mental health disorder.

Unexplained weight changes

Depression can affect your appetite, which, in turn, may cause you to lose or gain weight unexpectedly. Experiencing depression could make you always feel hungry or disinterested in food.

This could cause you to eat a lot more or a lot less, which could cause you to gain or lose weight. So if you notice a significant increase or decrease in weight that you haven’t planned for, it could be due to depression.

Treating depression

Depression is a serious mental health disorder, and symptoms should never be ignored. The good news is that treatment can make a huge difference for your mental and physical well-being.

At Ketamine Integrative Medicine, we specialize in ketamine infusions for depression. Ketamine is an anesthetic medication, and regular infusions have been shown to improve even treatment-resistant depression when used in a clinical setting.

The infusions, which are given at the office, usually take about 45 minutes when treating depression. And a series of infusions is usually recommended for the best results. The time you’ll need at each session and the number of sessions you’ll need will depend on your case.

If you think you might have depression, now is the time to seek help. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Ketamine Integrative Medicine today.

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