What are the Extreme Symptoms of Depression

What are the Extreme Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a serious mental illness whose effect differs based on its severity. In milder cases, an individual tends to exhibit symptoms such as anger, sadness, fatigue and irritability that might last for few weeks or even longer. In severe depression, the symptoms tend to be more extreme such as weight loss, recurrent thoughts of suicide or death and sleep problems. This kind of depression can be paralyzing in that you may find yourself finding it difficult to get out of the bed. Some people experience severe depression once in their life while others have to deal with it several times in their lives.

Symptoms Associated with Extreme Depression

Individuals who experience severe symptoms of depression tend to battle with depressed moods almost every day especially in the morning and to lose interest in relationships and normal activities such as sex, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The severe symptoms suffered by a depressed person include:

  • Thoughts of worthlessness, frustration or unnecessary guilt almost each day.
  • Restlessness.
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much.
  • Constantly feeling fatigued.
  • Gaining lots of weight or significant weight loss without intending to diet ( 5% alteration of body weight in a month).
  • Recurring thoughts of suicide or death (at times the individual may attempt suicide) and setting up or developing a specific suicidal plan.
  • Indecisiveness and poor concentration.
  • A noticeable loss of interest in activities that you once used to enjoy, a condition known as anhedonia.
  • Regularly consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and drugs.
  • Hopelessness or constant thoughts of something terrible happening.
  • In very extreme cases, psychotic symptoms such as illusions or hallucinations.

Suicidal Thoughts: The Most Severe Symptom

Suicide is a real threat to people who are intensely depressed. There are various risk factors for suicide but this does not mean that all people with the risk factors will be suicidal. The risk factors other than mental illness or depression include a family history of suicide, drug abuse, and past suicide attempt. Other risk factors may include feelings of desperation, firearms kept at home and confinement.

If depression remains untreated, 15 percent of the affected individuals tend to commit suicide. This is the reason why most therapists recommend that a depressed person should seek treatment immediately. You should check out for the warning signs of depression such as severe mood swings, thoughts of death, showing extreme rage, being restless, increasing alcohol and drug abuse, sleeping too much or insomnia and lastly the desire to be alone.

Seeking Help

The suicidal thoughts can be spontaneous so the depressed individual should consider getting rid of any medication, weapons or any means that he or she might use to harm himself or herself. By removing such items from his or her vicinity, he or she may buy enough time to overcome that suicidal impulse and adopt other ways of coping with the negative thoughts.

When you are extremely depressed, avoid using alcohol or illegal drugs since they can worsen your condition. Consider seeking help from a primary care doctor or a therapist. If the individual has already initiated plans to take his or her own life, it is advisable to dial the emergency room or 911 immediately.


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