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Signs of Depression

September 29, 2009

If you’ve been feeling down for some time, you may be wondering if you’re suffering from depression. Here is a list of the most common symptoms of depression, and how they could be affecting you.

One sign of depression is a disruption in your sleep pattern. People suffering from depression often find it difficult to get to sleep at night. This inability to fall asleep can be the sign of troubled mind that’s occupied with negative thoughts. Often times, people with depression will wake several times during the night, or wake very early in the morning. They might also find getting back to sleep very difficult. Some people will have their sleep pattern go to the other extreme, where they need a lot more sleep than usual, and will even need to nap during the day.

Loss of motivation is another sign of depression. Depression sufferers can find it difficult to carry out routine activities, and may find that they lose interest in their work. They can also lose interest in activities and hobbies that they previously enjoyed. They may even appear to lose interest in spending time with family and friends. They may even go so far as to completely withdraw from contact with other people.

Depression sufferers will feel ’empty’ for much of the time. This emptiness will appear to others as sadness. They may find it difficult and even impossible to break through this emptiness and raise their spirits. They will display this behavior consistently each day. This emptiness may make them feel worthless, as though their life means nothing. They can feel an overwhelming guilt, which may not seem rational to others. In serious cases of depression, they may feel that their life is not worth living, and even have thoughts of suicide. In extreme cases, suicide is even attempted, often without warning. They may also be overcome by anxious or upsetting thoughts that they’re unable to control.

Changes in appetite are another possible sign of depression. People who are depressed may either overeat to make them feel better, or lose their appetite. Clinical diagnosis usually states that a gain or loss of 5% of body weight in the space of a month could be an indicator. Some depression sufferers may start to drink heavily to try to cope with their feelings and thoughts. Since alcohol is a depressant, this strategy never works, and often compounds the problem.

Depression can also manifest itself in physical symptoms, such as general aches and pains that have no obvious physical cause. Many depression sufferers also report recurring headaches or even migraines.

If you, or someone you care for, are displaying some of these symptoms of depression, you should see the opinion of your doctor. A doctor can provide a professional diagnosis and if necessary, an appropriate course of treatment. Don’t put it off in hopes that it’ll pass, and you’ll feel better soon.

In addition to the medical treatments your doctor can provide, there are activities you can do to help return to a happy and productive life. Learning the benefits of the law of attraction, and how to make it work in your life, can provide you with a positive outlook and true happiness. To learn more about making the law of attraction work for you, visit http://www.TheRichestLife.com.