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Symptoms of Depression

For some individuals, the feelings they have and the behavior they exhibit may be so severe that it’s obvious what they’re going through is beyond a temporary mood swing. For others, however, they may just feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why. For all of these reasons, it is important to know some of the more common symptoms of depression, which are:

  • Feelings of sadness or melancholy. This may be represented by a sustained and pervasive sense of unhappiness. It may also include an unusual irritability or frustration, even over small problems.
  • Lack of pleasure or interest in activities previously enjoyed. Little to no interest in former hobbies, pastimes, social activities or sex are common symptoms of depression.
  • Changes in appetite. Both weight gain or weight loss may occur with MDD. Some people experience a lack of appetite, while others may crave carbohydrates.
  • Self-loathing and feelings of worthlessness. It is common for a person with MDD to regularly self-criticize for perceived faults and dwell on mistakes. This may present itself in the form of fixating on past failures or blaming oneself when things are not going well.
  • Physical and/or mental exhaustion. This is often demonstrated by unusual fatigue, tiredness and a loss of energy. The person’s whole body may feel heavy, and even small tasks may seem exhausting or take longer to complete.
  • Restlessness or periods of agitation. Some people find themselves unable to sit still and relax. They may pace, fidget, or rock in place.
  • Physical manifestations of depression may show themselves in the form of increased incidence of headaches, back pain, aching muscles and stomach pain.
  • Changes in sleep. Sleeping too little or too much are both common symptoms of depression. Early morning awakening with inability to fall back asleep is characteristic of MDD.
  • Concentration and focus. Declining school or job performance may be related to MDD. Impaired concentration may make it difficult ro complete even simple taks. Anxiety and ruminative thoughts may be so intrusive as to interfere with planning your day or reading.
  • Thoughts of not going on, or even death. This is one of the most serious symptoms of depression at any age. Suicidal thinking is a sign of serious depression that should never be taken lightly. Of all people with depression, older adult men are at the highest risk of committing suicide. If you are seriously considering suicide, it is important to seek emergency psychiatric care, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room to get help, because depression symptoms are treatable. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can also be reached by calling 1-800-273-8255.

Depression is a medical illness

A depressed mood and loss of interest in pleasurable activities are considered to be key features in a diagnosis of depression. In addition to these symptoms, patients also tend to experience difficulties with their work, social life or other important aspects of life. Dr. Wajda will determine whether or not a diagnosis of depression can be made after discussing these symptoms with the patient during a one-on-one consultation.

It is important to remember that depression is a medical illness that affects all aspects of a person’s life. Like other major illnesses, it usually requires professional treatment.  TMS is a proven treatment for MDD, and may be the right one for you. Please contact our office today for detailed information about TMS.

Numerous scientific studies have confirmed TMS as a successful treatment for MDD.

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