It is rare that two different people have the exact same symptoms when they are depressed.
This is not to say of course that there aren't some symptoms that the majority of people have when they are depressed.
It is important to understand what the general symptoms are, but then also know the person.
For example one symptom of depression is a loss of interest in sex.
However if you are talking to a person that has never had an interest in sex then this would not be a sign of depression.
This is true of a number of the symptoms we are about to list.
So as you read through the list think about the person you are concerned about, even if that person is yourself and ask, "Is this something new or has it always been this way?" Here are some of the most common symptoms of depression that are seen in the majority of people dealing with depression: o Feelings of sadness or feeling down - these feelings would be there without justification.
For example if you or the person you are concerned about just lost a loved one, or a job or other major life event then feelings of sadness are warranted.
o Feeling hopeless - we all have days when we feel this way, when it comes to depression this is a feeling that has come and has lasted for more then 4 weeks.
o Problems sleeping - again this would be without provocation o Crying Spells - crying for no reason o Difficulty focusing and/or concentrating - if a person suffers from ADHD then this is not depression related.
Also if the person has been drinking or using drugs, this would not be depression related.
o Unintentional weight gain or loss o Restlessness o Annoyed easily o Problems making decisions o Suicidal thoughts or tendencies o Physical problems that do not have known causes o Feeling worthless o Weakness and fatigue It is also important to emphasize the fact that we are not talking about sudden onset of these symptoms that go away in a few days or even a couple of weeks.
These are symptoms that come on without reason and do not go away for weeks, in most cases they say 6 weeks.
This is not to say that you have to live this way for 6 weeks.
There are natural treatment options that you can start today, the same day your symptoms started and start feeling better tomorrow.
These treatment options are completely natural and side effect free.
They include Yoga, meditation, Cognitive behavioral therapy, natural supplements; exercise and dietary changes just to name a few.
You have to find the treatment that is going to work best for you.
One that is going to help you break free from depression for life, you have the power to take control and be happy.