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Almost everyone feels sad or down from time to time, particularly during difficult times in life, such as a divorce or the loss of a loved one. Yet persistent sadness that doesn?t let up can be a sign of depression. Each person experiences depression differently. Depression symptoms can vary in severity, from mild to intense enough to affect your daily life.

The most obvious depression symptoms are feelings of sadness or emptiness, worthlessness, and guilt. Depression can affect your sleep, making you toss and turn at night, or struggle to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. You may also drag through your days, feeling drained and lacking in energy.

When you?re depressed, it?s normal to lose interest in activities you once loved, like going out to dinner or to movies with friends. You may also lose interest in sex. Some people become angry or irritable, which can drive away well-meaning friends and family members. Appetite changes are also possible with depression. Maybe you have no interest in eating. Or, you might overeat, binging on comfort foods like chocolate or pizza.

Depression also affects your mind and memory. You might start to lose focus at work, drifting off during meetings and forgetting important dates and events. Some people feel foggier or mentally slower than normal.

Physical depression symptoms are less obvious, but also common. You could develop stomachaches or headaches, or aches and pains that aren?t caused by another health condition.

When these depression symptoms don?t go away and start to interfere with your life, it?s time to get evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist. Left untreated, depression symptoms can get worse over time. The most serious depression symptoms are thoughts or intentions of committing suicide. If you are considering taking your own life, call a doctor or your local suicide hotline right away.

Serotonin and its Link to Depression

Serotonin and its Link to Depression

There are many researchers who believe that an imbalance in serotonin levels may influence mood in a way that can lead to depression… but also possibly to other neurological problems, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic, and even excess anger. This is what scientists theorize because there is no way

8 Tips on How to Cure Depression

8 Tips on How to Cure Depression

If you’ve been feeling down in the dumps for an extended period of time, you may be suffering from depression. You’re not alone, as millions of other Americans experience this common disorder. The bright side is that there are a number of effective lifestyle strategies you can take to fight

15 Mental Breakdown Symptoms: Are You on the Edge?

15 Mental Breakdown Symptoms: Are You on the Edge?

When people are suffering from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety, they often ask themselves, “Am I having a mental breakdown?” Intense, negative feelings and any number of mental breakdown symptoms can make you feel like you’re losing control.

The truth is that, for better or worse, most people

4 GABA Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

4 GABA Deficiency Symptoms You Can Identify Yourself

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the brain’s most abundant inhibitory, or “calming,” neurotransmitter. While GABA is known primarily for its ability to put you in a relaxed state, it actually plays a crucial role in regulating many aspects of mood, attention, cognition, and sleep. GABA deficiency symptoms may involve any of these

The Concentration-Memory Connection

When it comes to memory problems, we tend to focus on the challenges of recalling information. But in many cases, the issue isn’t an inability to reach back for stored memories. The problem is that the information was never really learned in the first place.

Memory starts with learning, which requires

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