Warning Signs of Clinical Depression to Watch Out For

Warning Signs of Clinical Depression

Warning Signs of Clinical Depression

Clinical depression is a serious disorder that affects millions of people all over the world. If the warning signs of clinical depression are left unaddressed it has the potential of completely destroying a person’s life.

If you ask a group of people who’ve have been affected by clinical depression to define it, you’re bound to hear a wide range of answers. That’s because the signs and symptoms of depression aren’t the same for everyone.

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

In the past few decades the definition of depression has drastically changed. When I was studying psychology in the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s, clinical depression was an illness was completely debilitating.

Charles Barber, a psychiatry lecturer at Yale University, described it in the “Scientific American Mind” as follows: “A true diagnosis of major depression involves a combination of the following: inability to feel pleasure of any kind whatsoever, loss of interest in everything, extreme self-hatred or guilt, inability to concentrate or to do the simplest of things, sleeping all the time or not being able to sleep at all, dramatic weight gain or loss, and wanting to kill yourself or actually trying to kill yourself.”

Today people are told they are depressed when something uncomfortable happens in their lives and become frustrated or sad. These would be events such as not doing well on a test or when your favorite team loses a ballgame.

These simply aren’t true signs or symptoms of clinical depression.

If your idea of depression is feeling down because you lost a ballgame then you’re way off. The signs and symptoms of clinical depression are much worse than simple frustration or sadness.

In the same article Charles Barber goes on to say, “Truly depressed people do not smile or laugh; they may not talk; they are not fun to be with; they do not wish to be visited; they may not eat and have to be fed with feeding tubes so as not to die; and they exude a palpable and monstrous sense of pain.”

Even if a person doesn’t have as severe signs of depression as these, a common symptom is a despair that cloaks everything in a person’s life who is suffering from it. They feel it in everything they feel and do.

Physical Signs of Clinical Depression

Clinical depression takes the life out of you. It saps your energy, focus, concentration, and especially your joy.

A person who is clinically depressed doesn’t care about anything. Nothing matters to them and not even the people they love are important.

Clinical depression not only takes its toll on your emotions and causes mental anxiety; it can cause serious physical problems as well.

A person who is clinically depressed may lose their appetite or eat incessantly. It also zaps all their energy and motivation.

How Clinical Depression Can Affect You

If you’re clinically depressed, you activity level will decrease, often to zero. By itself, this lack of activity can cause a number of problems, but when added to some of the other affects of clinical depression it becomes a serious illness.

One of the biggest problems with being depressed for a long period of time is you become accustomed to the feeling. Then any other emotion is unfamiliar and can be frightening.

The Problems with Clinical Depression

1. Clinical depression can lead to insomnia and lack of sleep. After a while it can completely strip your body of the sleep you need to function properly.

2. Clinical depression can lead to poor nutrition. If you are clinically depressed your appetite can be suppressed. Because of the effort needed to plan and prepare a meal you can decide to skip eating or only eat junk food. This can lead to malnutrition and cause several health problems.

3. Clinical depression can cause aches and pains. Clinical depression causes changes in your brain chemistry. According to the Harvard Medical Center, “Brain cells usually produce levels of neurotransmitters that keep senses, learning, movements, and moods perking along. But in some people who are severely depressed or manic, the complex systems that accomplish this go awry.”

The chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, that help you to feel happy are the same neurotransmitters that signal pain in your brain. This can result in an increase in physical aches and pains. These pains can then turn around and kick in the sad feelings causing the cycle to begin again.

4. Clinical depression can lead to hygiene issues. A person who is affected by clinical depression doesn’t have the energy or the motivation to be concerned with self-care.

What are the Warning Signs of Clinical Depression?

The following are red flags that a person is clinically depressed and should be taken seriously:

• Constant and severe sadness about their life and everything in it

• Feelings of hopelessness and despair

• Issues with sleeping or insomnia

• Anger and irritability

• Lack of focus and concentration

• A lack of interest in nearly everything

• Feeling worthless, useless

• Feeling strangely guilty for no reason at all

• A severe change in weight either up or down

• A Lack of energy and constant fatigue

What to Do if You Notice these Warning Signs and Symptoms of Clinical Depression

Clinical depression can be caused by a certain event, the change of seasons, a loss of someone close, or, in some cases, a chemical imbalance in the brain.

The treatment for clinical depression usually involves counseling and/or taking medications that helps alter brain chemistry.

The one thing you need to remember about clinical depression is that it’s a serious condition and won’t go away by itself. As it progresses, clinical depression will feed on itself and will become more and more debilitating.

If someone is depressed long enough it can be very difficult to more them out aft her depressed state. It can make them believe that there is not way out and cause them to become resigned to being miserable all the time.

This doesn’t have to happen!

If you know someone who is who shows these warning signs of clinical depression, the best thing you can do is to talk with them and be their friend.

If you notice any of these warning signs of depression in yourself or in a loved one you need to be take them seriously and contact a mental health professional.

Clinical depression can be treated and it doesn’t have to ruin your life or the life of someone you care about!

With proper help and support, clinical depression can be managed, allowing you to move past its affects so you can again live the joyful life you deserve.


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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and the deep breathing meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art. He has combined them into one powerful system that can help you make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking and your behavior.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques in both their business and personal lives in methods of finding happiness and building the life of their dreams.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations on how to use NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as the deep breathing meditation techniques from Qigong to relieve stress which can go a long way toward helping to prevent clinical depression.

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