Clinical depression is a serious mental illness that makes a person extremely hopeless, causes extreme difficulty to regulate mood or feel motivated even to do basic things, rendering a person feel helpless, lose out on normal day-to-day functioning, and also face career setbacks or other issues in many cases.
Clinical depression is diagnosed by a clinical psychologist, standardized assessment tests, and by a psychiatrist. In this article, however, we try to cover some of the major signs and symptoms to bring awareness and prompt action.
If you feel any of these signs and symptoms are being experienced by you or your loved one, it's important that you consult a psychologist over IWill app or as you feel comfortable.
Signs and Symptoms of Clinical Depression
They can include:
Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
Fatigue that doesn’t go away with rest too and keeps coming back
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
Pessimism and hopelessness
Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much
Crankiness or irritability
Restlessness and anxiety
Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, including sex
Overeating, or appetite loss
Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won't go away
Digestive problems that sometimes don't get better, even with treatment and when there is no known cause of these issues
Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
Suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts
Diagnosis of clinical depression needs to be done by a psychologist or a psychiatrist. If you have any more than 3 symptoms mentioned above and they have been present for more than 2 weeks, and are leading to difficulty for you, it's important to consult and get a diagnosis now and start treatment.
Treatment will include therapy sessions and/or medication or both. Your clinical expert is the best person to guide you on this and so consulting and starting treatment as soon as possible can help with the management of these issues and getting better and getting the ability to lead a normal life again.
Clinical depression brings in the risk of suicidal thoughts and even in extreme cases, suicide attempts. If you are experiencing the following, it's imperative and extremely important that you physically visit a psychiatrist now and also disclose this to your trusted loved one or friend.
A sudden switch from sadness to extreme calmness, or appearing to be happy
Always talking or thinking about death
Clinical depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
Taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights
Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
Putting affairs in order, like tying up loose ends or changing a will
Saying things like "It would be better if I weren't here" or "I want out"