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The Signs of Depression Depression is a loss of an important life goal without anyone to blame Such a loss affects our behavior our moods or subjective feelings our skills our attitudes or motivations and our physical functioning and health Several writers Levitt Lubin 1975 Beck 1973 Lewinsohn 1975 have summarized the signs of more severe depression Behavioral excesses --complaints about money job housing noise poor memory confusion loneliness lack of care and love acting out adolescents running away from home rebellious aggressive obsessed with guilt and concern about doing wrong about being irresponsible about the welfare of others and about I cant make up my mind anymore crying suicidal threats or attempts Behavioral deficits --socially withdrawn doesnt talk indecisive cant work regularly difficulty communicating slower speech and gait loss of appetite weight change stays in bed less sexual activity poor personal grooming and doing less for fun Emotional reactions --feels sad feels empty or lacks feelings of all kinds tired everything is an effort nervous or restless angry and grouchy adolescents irritable overreacts to criticism bored apathetic nothing is enjoyable feels socially abandoned andor has less interest in relationships sex food drink music current events etc Lack of skills --poor social skills frequently whiny or boring critical lack of humor indecisive poor planning for future and unable to see solutions Attitudes and motivation --low self-concept lack of self-confidence and motivation pessimistic or hopeless feels helpless or like a failure expects the worst self-critical guilt self-blaming People would hate me if they knew me suicidal thoughts I wish I had never been born Physical symptoms --difficulty sleeping or sleeping excessively awaking early hyperactivity or sluggishness diurnal moods worse in the morning low sex drive loss of appetite weight loss or gain indigestion constipation headaches dizziness pain and other somatic problems or complaints Are you reading about these signs amid wondering how depressed you are If so there are several things to keep in mind
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