What are the Signs and Symptoms of Clinical Depression?

Maybe you feel like you’ve been bone-tired lately, and it doesn’t seem to matter how many hours of sleep you get. Perhaps it’s been weeks or months since you’ve felt motivated to engage with your former favorite hobbies. You might have caught yourself snapping at your loved ones or even crying at seemingly random moments. Furthermore, you may be feeling physically under the weather.

All of these problems could be symptoms of clinical depression. But if you are unfamiliar with the key warning signs of depression, it can take you quite a while to recognize what’s really going on. Here are a few common symptoms of clinical depression that everyone should be aware of.

Persistent Sadness Or Emotional Numbness

No matter what’s going on in your day-to-day life, you never feel truly happy. Whether you have a “good day” or a “bad day,” your mood doesn’t change much. You can’t remember the last time you felt true joy. Perhaps you don’t seem to feel much at all—you might be emotionally numb, and you don’t experience much happiness or genuine sadness, either. Alternatively, you might be dealing with a persistent, deep sense of sadness. Sometimes, you cry when you’re not expecting to, and you try to fight back tears when you’re in public.

Loss Of Interest In Hobbies

In the past, you may have loved going to the gym, working on creative projects, cooking, playing an instrument, hiking with your friends, or simply hosting get-togethers for your loved ones. But recently, you feel like you no longer have the energy to do any of these things. You don’t feel any drive to engage in your hobbies anymore.

Maybe your running shoes or your guitar have been gathering dust for months. Your friends who used to join you for these activities might have reached out to express their concerns, but when they ask you why you haven’t been participating, you make excuses to dodge their questions.

Deep Exhaustion

Sometimes, you can barely get out of bed. In fact, you feel like you could happily spend all day in bed—and some days, you do exactly that. On the other hand, you might struggle to get any sleep at all. Negative thoughts can leave you tossing and turning at night, and even when you’re completely exhausted, you just can’t doze off.

Perhaps it has been months since you’ve gotten a full night’s sleep. But whether you’re able to sleep soundly or not, you never wake up feeling well-rested. Your exhaustion lingers regardless of how many hours of sleep you get.

Anger And Irritability

Anger and irritability can also be symptoms of depression. You might find yourself snapping at your loved ones, even when they’re trying to help. Afterward, you feel guilty, and you wish you could take it back. In the past, you never thought of yourself as someone with a short temper. But now, it seems like everything gets on your nerves.

Physical Symptoms

Finally, it is important to note that depression isn’t solely characterized by emotional symptoms. There is a deep connection between your mental and physical state, and this condition can also affect your physical health.

You may have noticed that you’ve been getting sick more often. Perhaps you’re even dealing with frequent headaches, stomach aches, or muscle tension. You might be grinding your teeth at night and waking up with tension in your face and jaw as a result.

If you’ve noticed these signs and symptoms in your daily life, you could be struggling with clinical depression. However, there is hope. Therapy has proven successful in combating the effects of depression. Contact us today to make an appointment for therapy for women.