When to seek treatment?
Very low mood affecting personal, occupational/social life and an inability to find pleasure in activities that one enjoyed earlier are signs of depression.
A depressed mind is constantly occupied with thoughts and feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt or regret, helplessness, hopelessness and self-hatred. Poor memory and concentration, withdrawal from social situations and activities, reduced sex drive and suicidal thoughts could be signs of depression.
Sleep and appetite either increase or decrease in depression. Energy levels drop making one feeling tired for no reason. Others may see the person as being either restless or agitated, or lethargic and slow. Depression affects children too. There may be a loss of interest in school, and drop in academic performance.
If low feeling along with several other symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks hampering daily life, one may be clinically depressed. It is a treatable condition and may get worse if left unattended. Seek medical and psychological help when you experience the signs of depression.