Symptoms of depression can include difficulty concentrating, trouble remembering details, problems making decisions, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, pessimistic behavior, insomnia or excessive sleeping, irritability, loss of interest in activities that once were enjoyable, increase or decrease in appetite, persistent pain (such as headaches, cramps or digestive issues) that does not improve with treatment and thoughts of suicide or suicidal attempts, according to WebMD. Clinical depression differs from normal feelings of sadness or grief, especially what is seen after a loss or trauma, since clinical depression has physical effects on the body and does not dissipate after some time. Suicidal attempts are also a heavy sign that the person is suffering from depression.
Depression can last from months to years, especially if it is not properly treated, according to WebMD. Paying attention to symptoms and seeking professional medical advice and treatment is the first step in battling depression. Unfortunately, around half of the cases of depression go undiagnosed and untreated. More than 10 percent of people suffering from depression commit suicide, so it is important to recognize the symptoms. There are particular symptoms of depression that allude to the possibility of suicide in a patient, including a sudden change in attitude (from sad to calm or seemingly happy), putting affairs in order or making/altering a will, or talking about death or suicide.