9. Weight Changes
Most patients of depression will suffer a sudden drop in appetite, apart from being constantly moody. Just the thought of eating a meal might make them queasy, even if they haven’t had a proper meal in a day. Consequently, they may begin to lose weight in an unhealthy way.
Appetite loss is one of the most commonly occurring symptoms of unipolar disorder (MDD), according to a 2002 study published in Progress in Neuropsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry.
Contrarily, although less frequent than weight loss, some people may begin to gain weight during depression as they turn to binge eating to comfort themselves.
Patients with severe depression reported a gradual increase in abdominal weight as well as overall body weight, according to a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
If you or someone around you displays these symptoms, these might just indicate depression.
10. Recurring Thoughts of Suicide and Death
It is not uncommon for people to think of death, especially as they grow older. However, depression-triggered thoughts of death, especially suicidal death, are a grave cause for concern and need to be addressed urgently.
Suicidal thoughts are strongly associated with mood disorders like clinical depression, according to a 2002 study published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Many factors contribute to an older person’s inclination to harm themselves, and clinical depression is the most common factor among those, according to a 2005 study published in the British Journal of General Practice.
Suicidal tendencies may range from recurrent thoughts, online searches and planning, role-playing and physical self-harm (slashing wrists, for instance).