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Symptoms of Depression

Anyone can get down from time to time with the usual ups and downs of life. However, if this becomes a persistent problem each day for over two weeks or more, then this may be a warning sign of clinical depression. Symptoms of depression can be physical, psychological and social. Hence, its effective and timely treatment needs to address all of these symptoms.

Physical Symptoms Can Include:

  • Changes in Eating or Sleeping Patterns
  • Lack of Energy
  • Loss of Interest in Sex
  • Unexplained Aches and Pains

Psychological Symptoms Can Include:

  • Constant Low Mood
  • Lack of Enjoyment
  • Feelings of Hopelessness and Helplessness

Social Symptoms Can Include:

  • Difficulties in Work and Home Life
  • Losing Interest in Usual Activities
  • Avoiding Social Activities with Friends

Get in touch with IamPsychiatry today to discuss our range of safe and effective treatments for persistent low-mood and depression, as well as other ailments. 

Facts About Depression

  • Depression can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on how many symptoms are present, and how seriously it is impacting upon daily life.
  • About 6% of the population meet the clinical criteria for depression or dysthymia (low-grade depression for more than 2 years) at any one time.
  • Overall prevalence appears to be rising, with a lifetime prevalence of 10-20%.
  • At least 50% will also have anxiety problems.
  • Depression increases death from natural causes by 1.7 times, and from suicide by 19.7 times.
  • Alcohol and illicit substance misuse, e.g. cocaine, heroin, can also cause and worsen depression.
  • For people suffering from moderate or severe depression, NICE recommends a combination of antidepressant medication and a high-intensity psychological intervention for effective treatment, long-term recovery and relapse prevention.
  • Without regular medication, i.e. an antidepressant, for 6 months in moderate or severe depression, 50% will have a further episode within 2 years.