Being dissatisfied is not the same as being depressed. Depression is a term that is frequently used to describe how we feel after a tough week at work or going through a bad breakup. However, major depressive disorder, a type of depression, is far more complex. There are specific symptoms that distinguish depression from the sadness that we all experience from time to time.
Identifying whether persistent, unwavering dark feelings result from depression can be the first step toward healing and recovery. Check out these alerting signs to see if you need to see a mental health professional.
If you’ve been experiencing some of the symptoms listed below for more than two weeks, you may be suffering from a major depressive disorder. Recognizing that you are depressed is critical to receiving the appropriate treatment.
- Loss of interest
Depression can rob you of the pleasure or enjoyment you get from doing the things you enjoy. Another sign of major depression is a loss of interest or backing down from activities that you once were excited about, such as sports, hobbies, or going out with friends. Sex is another area in which you may lose interest. A decrease in sex drive and even impotence are symptoms of major depression.