symptoms of depression are broad and vary depending on the individual
and his or her situation. They include a persistent sad, anxious
or "empty" mood, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness,
worthlessness, restlessness, irritability and feelings of guilt.
The individual may experience loss of interest or pleasure (referred
to as anhedonia) in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed,
including sex. A decrease in energy or fatigue, difficulty concentrating,
remembering details or making decisions may occur. The individual
may also go to different extremes either overeating or under
eating, may experience insomnia or may also oversleep. Depressed
individuals often experience physical symptoms that do not respond
to treatment such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic
pain. In extreme cases, an individual may have suicide ideations
and in worst case scenario have attempted suicide.
|Mania, which is
the flip side to depression for someone with bipolar (or manic
depressive disorder) can be characterized by the following symptoms:
Feelings or illusions of grandeur, unusual irritability, decreased
need for sleep, abnormally good mood, increased talking, racing
thoughts, noticeably increased energy, and poor judgment are
just a few possible side effects.