There are no fail-proof, scientific methods to diagnose depression. It is not an illness that you can detect with full-body scans, or with blood samples. People around you may notice changes in your personality and you may too.
Self-diagnosis is not recommended and a health care professional should always be sought out for concerns. However, there are some tell-tale signs of depression that might hint towards a much needed talk with a doctor or pharmacist. Should you have most of the symptoms below, and should you feel them every day since at least 2 weeks straight, consult your health care professional immediately, especially if they have prevented you from living your life normally.
(Lack of Sleep)
|Weight Loss||Weight Gain|
|Sluggishness & Inertia||Restlessness & Agitation|
|High Fluctuation of Mood|
Some symptoms may be more insidious and have a huge impact over time. Here are some examples:
|Loss of Interest
In family, friends, work
|Loss of Enjoyment
In things that used to excite
|Impaired Concentration & Decision Making||Plaguing Feelings of
Emptiness & Apathy
Negativity, Anxiety, Paranoia, Despair, Guilt
From thoughts about death to planning the act
Pain & Aches