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The goal of this website is to give support to people who are feeling depressed and unhappy with their lives. I am living in Europe and English is not my native language, I wish you will excuse me if I make some grammatical errors. I have a background in neuroscience and I am currently doing brain research in university in my home country. I decided to write in English because I wish to reach as many people as I can around the world.



Recognizing the signs of depression

Depression is a medical condition that develops slowly over the course of many years. Many factors in life can trigger depression, including prolonged stress due to pressure and problems at home or at work. Often one does not even realize that one is suffering from depression until the condition is already quite advanced.

It is not uncommon that people who are close to a depressed person are the first ones who notice that something is wrong. If a person who is normally outgoing and positive becomes withdrawn and isolates oneself socially, friends and family are often alerted. A depressed person who has a strong supportive network of relatives and friends is in this regard in a better position than a person who does not have many friends and who is not in close contact with one's relatives.

It is important to recognize the early signs before the condition becomes severe. Below are some of the most common signs of depression.

Loss of the ability to experience genuine joy and pleasure

One of the most typical signs of depression is that the things that used to make one feel good are no longer able do so. A depressed person may gradually lose interest in old hobbies and activities that one used to love because they no longer create positive feelings. Interacting with friends and family members often becomes increasingly difficult and as a result of this one may start to avoid social situations. Social isolation will further speed up the development of depression.

Increased tiredness and lack of energy

A depressed person often feels tired and out of energy even after having sufficient amount of sleep. Due to constant drowsiness it is difficult to concentrate and get things done. As a result of this, unfinished work can pile up causing more stress, which further increases the feeling of hopelessness and stress. For this reason it is important that a depressed person can heal without a load of deadlines and other responsibilities that may further aggravate the symptoms and hence prevent one from recovering.

In today's world it is often difficult to decrease the work load, on the contrary it seems that the load of various duties and responsibilities increases steadily. It is important to talk about one's physician about depressing feelings so that the condition could be recognized early. Early detection often helps to prevent more serious problems from developing.

Sleeping too much or too little

The sleep pattern of a depressed person is often disturbed when compared to people who are not depressed. The change in sleeping pattern is always a very alarming sign that indicates something is wrong. In order to function properly the brain requires a sufficient amount of sleep on day-to-day basis. If normal sleep pattern gets interfered it will often lead to problems with the ability to concentrate and remember things, which will often lead to other problems related to both work and personal life.

Waking up frequently during the night

Depressed people tend to wake up frequently during the night, especially during early morning hours. Interrupted night's sleep often results in increased tiredness and decreased energy level during the day, which makes it difficult to fall asleep at night, hence subjecting one to a negative feedback cycle that further promotes the development of depression.

It is always an alarming sign when one is unable to sleep through the night uninterrupted. Everyone wakes up every now and then, however if this becomes a pattern and especially if waking up occurs very early in the morning (around 2-6 am) after which it is difficult or impossible to fall asleep again, one should be alerted that all is not well. Sufficient amount of sleep is essential for the well-being of body and mind, and prolonged sleep deprivation quickly leads to all sorts of problems related to cognitive abilities and general physical condition.

Loss of appetite or overeating

It is often typical for depressed people to either eat too little or too much. Both behaviors will lead to various problems with health and general energy level, which will further contribute to depressed feeling and makes it harder to recover from depression. If you notice a change in your normal eating habits and simultaneously experience some other signs of depression listed on this page, it is time to pause for a moment and consider if all is in order in your life.

Obs! This list includes only some of the potential signs of depression, for a more extensive listing of signs and symptoms, please refer to your physician.


To read more, please see sections Depression - General and Depression - Science.

Comments (2)
  • S
    I took antidepressants for about 9 months when I was depressed. I have never taken them before in my life. They started to kick in after about 2 weeks. My memory is still pretty poor but getting better.
  • anonymous  - Tired and memory problems
    I was depressed for about two years. I was always tired and could not remember anything. Was unable to study. When I recovered my memory improved again, thank God.
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