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It’s normal to have fluctuations in sadness from time to time, but what’s concerning is when the sadness lingers for two or more weeks. If this is the case, someone may be experiencing depression. Depression can be defined as persistent, unshakable dark feelings.

It’s essential to know how to spot the signs of depression so you can get help for yourself or someone else who may be in need. Take a look at the following warning signs to know how to spot depression.

Hopeless Outlook

Depression affects how someone looks at life; therefore, it can be classified as a mood disorder. Hopeless or helpless outlooks on life are some of the most common symptoms of depression. Accompanying feelings may include worthlessness, self-deprecation, or guilt.

It can be common for someone to vocalize their thoughts through sayings such as “what’s the point?” If you hear such vocalized thoughts, it’s essential to address them. Keep an eye and ear out for helpless outlooks to help protect yourself and those around you.

Lost Interest in Previous Activities

Depression can take pleasure and enjoyment out of activities that someone initially used to enjoy or look forward to, such as sporting events, going out with friends or working out. If you think someone may be withdrawing from activities they used to enjoy, it’s essential to reach out to them to look out for their well-being. Increased Fatigue

One primary reason someone may stop participating in activities they used to enjoy is the increased fatigue that comes with depression. Fatigue is one of the most debilitating symptoms of depression, as it can lead to excessive sleeping. On the other hand, some people who experience depression experience insomnia. Insomnia can lead to an irregular sleep schedule and increased fatigue, becoming debilitating.


Anxiety is a common symptom for those who experience depression. Depression has not been shown to cause anxiety, but the two have been known to occur together.

Symptoms of anxiety can include: · Nervousness, restlessness or feeling tense · Feelings of danger, panic or dread · Increased or heavy sweating · Trembling or muscle twitching · Rapid heart rate · Rapid breathing · Trouble focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about.

Changes in Weight

Weight and appetite can change for someone with depression. How it affects someone can vary case by case. Some people may experience weight gain, and others may experience weight loss due to changes in appetite.

Dietary changes due to depression are frequently unintentional. If someone you know appears to have extreme dietary changes or weight fluctuations, reach out to see if they need help.

Uncontrollable emotions such as an outburst of sadness or anger are common. There could be nothing that specifically triggered the feelings. Depression is known to cause mood swings outside of the person’s control.

Getting Help

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms, especially if there are several you notice, it may be depression. Recognizing the signs is essential so you or someone else can get the needed help.

Depression should be treated by a medical professional. There are varying ways to treat depression. One method may work for one person and not another. No matter the treatment, it’s crucial that it is sought out to help cope with and treat the illness.

For more information on depression or resources for treatment, reach out to a doctor or medical professional.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. For further information, please consult a medical professional. © 2022 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.

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