Could it be a depression?
Being unhappy is not the same as being depressed. Depression is a term often used to describe how we feel after a bad week at work or going through a breakup. But major depressive disorder – a type of depression – is much more complicated. There are specific symptoms that determine whether it is depression or the sadness that we all experience at times in life.
1. Desperate prospect
Major depression is a mood disorder that affects how you feel about life in general. The most common symptom of depression is having a hopeless or helpless view of life.
Other feelings can be worthlessness, self-hatred, or inappropriate guilt. Common and recurring thoughts of depression can be vocalized as, It’s all my fault» or «What’s the point?
2. I lost interest
Depression can take away the pleasure or enjoyment of the things you like. Loss of interest or abandonment of activities that previously excited you – sports, hobbies or going out with friends – is another telltale sign of serious depression.
Another area you may lose interest in is sex. Symptoms of major depression include decreased sexual desire and even impotence.
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