What are the common causes and symptoms of depression?
Depression can impact people in lots of different ways. Firstly, it can impact your emotions. Your mood might be constantly low and you might feel hopeless and teary (and not just at that kitten video on Tiktok!). It might feel as if nothing excites you and, as a result, you might lose interest in things you previously loved doing.
That’s because depression can really suck the enjoyment out of life-which is why it’s really important to seek help for it as soon as you can. In case of severe depression, people may have suicidal thoughts or think about harming themselves. In these cases, it is vital to seek urgent medical attention without delay.
It’s also really common to experience physical symptoms of depression too.
“The most common physical symptoms that clients describe are of a musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal nature. These range from frequent headaches, tight neck and shoulder muscles, vague aches and pains, fatigue and exhaustion, changes in their bowel habit (either constipation or diarrhea), changes in appetite (either binge-eating or loss of appetite) and for most, sleep disturbance (either insomnia or difficulty waking up), “ says Dr Noreen Nguru-Berkou.
All of these symptoms can have a huge impact on your life-including your work and relationships with others.
When it comes to the cause of depressions, that’s where things get a little trickier. Depression can happen for all sorts of different reasons; from a stressful life event to a certain time in your life (e.g. postnatal depression). Depression can also run in families: if your parent or sibling has major depression, you’re 2 or 3 times more likely to develop it compared to the average person.