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Basic Understanding of Clinical Depression Symptoms

Clinical Depression Symptoms

Clinical depression which is also called as unipolar depression or major depression is a clinical condition where the symptoms are strong enough requesting immediate intervention by the health professional. Usually clinical depression symptoms are not limited to being moody or to loss of interest but the intensity are so high that they often interfere in the daily activities of the personal life of suffering person.

Please be advised that clinical depression is entirely different from the usual depression and the persons suffering from this illness often loose interest in normal things that used to be his favorite in addition to sadness and lethargy.

To help you out understand the basic clinical depression symptoms make sure that at least five common symptoms exist in you for more than two weeks and with a tendency of occurring for more than six months.

Often these symptoms are associated with prolonged depression and anhedonia meaning losing interest in normal activities that once were considered pleasurable like eating, sex or social interactions.

  • If you experience tremendous sadness and emptiness within you always accompanies with some kind of fear, devoid of emotions and numb or not able to feel anything emotionally.
  • You feel devastated to carry out daily routine activities and not at all interested to perform them you were considering them enjoyable and pleasurable at one time.
  • You have change in appetite leading to either increased or decreased weight. This can be anything from too much hunger cravings or cravings for additional carbohydrates or chocolates or nauseated feeling when you see food because of little or no appetite forcing you to skip meals frequently.
  • You have different sleep patterns you either suffer from insomnia lying awake all the night or from Hypersomnia sleeping more than you used to be and unable to wake up in the morning at your usual time.
  • You experience agitated feeling or psychomotor retardations almost every other day. Agitation can be any form of extreme restlessness resulting in pacing up and down, wringing sweaty hands, masturbating or indulging any meaningless activities for longer duration with increased frequency.
  • Experiencing mental or physical fatigue or loss of energy without any reason that leads to lack of motivation to perform even the simplest task
  • Feeling guilt and hopelessness or worthless, lonely, isolated, memory lapses often-recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal tendencies and harming you without fearing death.
  • In addition to all these symptoms, you fear being left alone or abandoned by loved ones, low self-esteem, neglecting personal hygiene, emotional outbursts, aggressive behavioral tendencies, alcohol substance abuse and fear of losing it or going mad.

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