here are six common signs that are often associated with depression:
1. Persistent sadness or low mood: Feeling sad, down, or hopeless most of the day, nearly every day, for a period of at least two weeks.
2. Loss of interest or pleasure: Losing interest in activities or hobbies that you once enjoyed, or finding it difficult to experience pleasure in any aspect of life.
3. Changes in appetite or weight: Significant changes in appetite, leading to weight loss or weight gain. This may involve a loss of appetite or using food as a way to cope with emotions.
4. Sleep disturbances: Experiencing changes in sleep patterns, such as insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness or prolonged sleep).
5. Fatigue or loss of energy: Feeling constantly tired, lacking energy, or experiencing a general decrease in motivation and productivity.
6. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt: Having a persistent sense of worthlessness, excessive guilt, or self-blame, often accompanied by negative self-critical thoughts.
It's important to remember that these signs may vary from person to person, and the presence of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have depression. A professional assessment is necessary to determine a diagnosis and provide appropriate support and treatment.
If you are in crisis or experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please reach out to a helpline or emergency services in your country immediately. They can provide the assistance you need.