Depression is a complex illness whose symptoms can vary from person to person. A brief reminder of the characteristic symptoms of the disease and the treatments available.

The depression results in a set of physical, psychological and social symptoms. The disease can result in:

  • a permanent feeling of sadness;
  • a loss of interest in everyday activities;
  • a loss of self-esteem;
  • irritability;
  • difficulty supporting others;
  • a lack of motivation;
  • difficulty making decisions;
  • anxiety;
  • suicidal thoughts or thoughts of committing violent acts against oneself.

Depression can also manifest through physical symptoms such as weight loss or gain (loss or increase in appetite), lack of energy, constipation, unexplained pain, slowed movements and/or or speech…

Depressed people will also present so-called “social” symptoms. They will avoid contact with friends and activities where they have to socialize.

They will also turn away from their hobbies and interests. These social difficulties will also occur within their family and professional lives.

When to consult?

It is advisable to consult a doctor:

  • If you have several of the symptoms mentioned above, and these last for weeks or even months.
  • If the symptoms prevent you from living normally (you can no longer work, see your friends, your loved ones, etc.).

Whether severe or not, depression can be treated. The management of depressed patients is based on medications (antidepressants) and psychotherapy.

Treatment is tailored to each patient based on their symptoms. Although it may take time to find an effective treatment, you should not hesitate to consult a doctor. Depression is a psychological illness that requires treatment.

If left untreated, depressive disorders can literally change our brains.

Annabelle Iglesias


03 May 2024, at 06:10

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