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Chapter 24. Depression > Impact of Depression

Impact of Depression

Depression is a combination of sad mood and hopelessness. In addition to feeling awful, you feel that the current situation will never improve. The negative perspective colors much of your view of the world and of yourself. You see the world as empty and sad, and you see yourself as undesirable. When depressed, it is difficult or impossible to find pleasure in anything. Depression can also cause changes in sleep and appetite and impair your energy level, concentration, and ability to make decisions. Both withdrawal from people and irritability are common.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Feeling depressed

  • Loss of interest in activities

  • Loss of energy

  • Slowed speech or thinking

  • Irritability

  • Change in sleep pattern

  • Change in eating pattern

  • Loss of self-esteem

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

  • Persistent thoughts about death or suicide

  • Withdrawal

  • Pessimism

  • Increased sensitivity to being criticized or rejected



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