Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, and a range of other emotional and physical symptoms. Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person, but common signs and symptoms include:

  1. Persistent sadness: Feeling down or sad most of the time, often without a clear reason.
  2. Loss of interest or pleasure: Losing interest in activities that were once enjoyable, such as hobbies, socializing, or sex.
  3. Changes in appetite or weight: Significant weight loss or gain without intending to do so, or changes in appetite, such as overeating or loss of appetite.
  4. Sleep issues: Hyposomnia (excessive sleeping) or Insomnia ( unable to fall asleep or stay asleep).
  5. Fatigue or loss of energy: Feeling tired or lacking energy, even after getting enough rest.
  6. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt: Persistent feelings of worthlessness, self-blame, or excessive guilt over past events or perceived failures.
  7. Difficulty concentrating or making decisions: Trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
  8. Agitation or irritability: Feeling restless, easily agitated, or having a short temper.
  9. Physical aches and pains: Experiencing unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or other pains without a clear medical cause.
  10. Suicidal behaviors or thoughts: Thinking of suicide or death, feeling hopeless, or suicidal behaviors.

It’s important to note that experiencing one or more of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean a person has depression, as some symptoms may be related to other medical or mental health conditions. However, if these symptoms persist for an extended period (usually at least two weeks) and significantly interfere with daily functioning, it’s essential to seek help from a mental health professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Depression is a treatable condition, and various therapies, medications, and lifestyle changes can help manage symptoms and improve one’s quality of life.

Did you know?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (or TMS ) is a medication-free treatment for resistant depression that is FDA-approved. TMS is covered by most insurances and is designed to help people who suffer most from depression start feeling better again. Learn more here about TMS treatment in Greater Milwaukee from WIN TMS. 

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