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Depression Symptoms: Should You Get Help?

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The death of Robin Williams has made more people aware of the dangers of depression.

While most people think the only symptom of depression is severe sadness, there are really several more.

Depression can be dangerous if left untreated and those who do seek help are often able to manage their depression symptoms so they can live normal lives.

If you think you or someone you care about could be battling depression, watch for these symptoms.

Feelings
Most people associate depression with the feeling of being sad. While it is normal to feel sad sometimes, if you find that you are sad for long periods of time or sad for no reason, you may want to seek help. You should also watch for feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, guilt and anxiousness.

Mood Swings
Mood swings are a sign of depression that often get overlooked. If you lash out at friends and family members for no reason, go from being happy to being sad quickly or vice versa, you may want to talk to your doctor. You may also notice that you are quick to anger.

Appetite Changes
Some people who are suffering from depression report a loss in appetite. Others feel like their appetite has increased and even admit that they eat to get rid of the sadness or emptiness they feel. If you have a drastic or long-term appetite change talk to you doctor.

Loss Of Energy
One of the most common symptoms of depression is a loss of energy, feelings of fatigue or a general lack of interest in daily activities. Some people who suffer from depression do not want to get out of bed and can sleep all day and night. Your doctor will be able to tell you if your loss of energy is related to depression or another ailment.

Depression should not be taken lightly and should be treated by a professional. Your doctor can write you a prescription for medication that may help or help you find therapy and other methods of managing your depression symptoms.

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Depression Symptoms: Should You Get Help?
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