10 signs you could be suffering from depression

Depression is more than just feeling down.

It's a serious mental illness that has an impact on a person's physical and mental functions, explains counselling psychologist Jeremy Bayer.

Depression can negatively affect how you feel, the way you think and how you act.

Depression affects your mood, body and your thoughts.

Jeremy Bayer, counselling psychologist

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You should seek professional help, if you persistently experience at least five of these symptoms for two weeks or longer:

  • feelings of sad, helpless or hopeless
  • loss of interest in activities that once brought you pleasure
  • insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • significant weight loss or weight gain
  • feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • not wanting to move or feeling lethargic
  • difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
  • fatigue and loss of energy
  • physical pain that doesn't respond to medical treatment

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He says many people try to mask their depression because of shame and stigma associated with mental illness.

However, concealing your mental condition has dire consequences on a person's health and well-being.

Take a listen to his expert advice and callers share their personal stories:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 10 signs you could be suffering from depression


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