8 Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a deadly state to be in and as we have seen this past week with the death of Robin Williams, its one that we should not overlook or diminish. In the Christian community, there has been debate that Christians should not be depressed or suffer with this debilitating diagnosis. However, the bible shows many Godly heroes who suffered sadness, depression and defeat. No one should ever judge another's faith by putting their Godliness in question over depression. It is a battle of chemical makeup, situation, medication, support and prayer. There is no easy answer.

Be aware of the symptoms, in case you or a loved one becomes depressed. You may save your life or theirs.

1. Change in feelings: Persistent sad, anxious, empty mood or having a hopeless or helpless outlook on your life. Other feelings may be worthlessness, self-hate, or inappropriate guilt.

2. Lost interest: Experiencing a loss of interest or withdrawal from activities such as hobbies, sports, sex, and social gatherings.

3. Confusion or Distraction:  Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. Keeping focus.

4. Changes in Sleep:  Sleep pattern change, insomnia, or awakening throughout the night, oversleeping. Decreased energy or fatigue.

5. Anxiety:  Restlessness, irritability and a feeling of anxiousness. Overwhelmed.

6. Weight change:  Change in appetite leading to weight loss or overeating and weight gain.

7. Mood swings:  Uncontrollable emotional outbursts, being up and then down.

8. Focusing on death: Thoughts of death or suicide or actual suicide attempts. Suicides rarely come without symptoms. If you or someone you know are suicidal, get help immediately by calling 911, going to an ER or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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