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              This Week: Let’s Talk About Depression

Depression is a complex mental health condition, and individuals may experience a combination of different symptoms. Here are 10 common symptoms of depression:

1.) Persistent sadness: Feeling sad, empty, or hopeless most of the day, nearly every day.

2.) Loss of interest or pleasure: Losing interest in activities or hobbies that were once enjoyed.

3.) Fatigue and low energy: Feeling constantly tired, lacking energy, and experiencing a decrease in productivity.

4.) Changes in appetite: Significant weight loss or weight gain, or changes in appetite and eating patterns.

5.) Sleep disturbances: Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) or hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness).

6.) Feelings of worthlessness or guilt: Persistent feelings of guilt, self-blame, or worthlessness.

7.) Difficulty concentrating: Trouble focusing, making decisions, or experiencing memory problems.

8.) Agitation or restlessness: Feeling restless, agitated, or irritable, sometimes without a clear reason.

9.) Physical symptoms: Experiencing unexplained physical ailments such as headaches, digestive problems, or chronic pain.

10.) Suicidal thoughts or behaviors: Thoughts of death or suicide, or engaging in self-harming behaviors.

It’s important to remember that experiencing some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean someone has depression. A diagnosis should be made by a qualified healthcare professional based on a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s symptoms and experiences. If you or someone you know is struggling with any of these symptoms, do well to reach out to us at Novacrest Hospital Abuja for holistic and excellent mental health services.

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