Symptoms of a Depressive Episode

  • Suicidal thoughts (not medicated)
  • Thoughts of self-injury, satisfaction in inflicting pain on oneself (not medicated)
  • Self-destructive behavior (not medicated)
  • Obsessive thoughts with death
  • Reclusive tendencies
  • Melancholy and taciturn disposition
  • Extreme mood swings (being angry, sad, unemotional and apologetic at the spur of the moment)
  • Often in tears
  • Irritable
  • Loss of concentration (small or large tasks become difficult to manage)
  • Overwhelmed easily
  • Loss of sense of taste (food bland and unsatisfying
  • Memory lapses (short term memory affected)
  • Inability to sympathize with or to feel empathy for others
  • Self centeredness (the sufferer may not understand that he/she is in a selfish mindset)
  • Increase of sleep
  • A general feeling of exhaustion and lethargy
  • Muscles aches
  • Headaches
  • Escapist behavior (use of prescription or illegal drugs or alcohol to escape from reality)
  • Increase in daydreams and delusional behavior
  • Loss of appetite/increase in appetite
  • Weight loss/weight gain
  • Overpowering sense of loss
  • Overpowering sense of anxiety, worry, problems
  • Feeling out of control
  • Empty hole feeling in pit of soul
  • Paranoia (conspiracy theories, people are out to get you)
  • Focusing on issues and incidents from the past that cannot be changed or altered.
  • Panic attacks
  • Difficulty socializing (large crowds, strange people, or important events make you experience a panic attack or debilitating fear)
  • Possessive of family and friends
  • Difficulty remembering words (your vocabulary seems to fail you)

When you see not medicated by the symptom listed, it means it is controlled when I am properly medicated.  I, however, still suffer the effects of this symptom, just not to the same degree.  If I have missed a symptom or you have others, I apologize.  Like I said, these are only the ones I have personally experienced.  If you wish to discuss you symptoms, whether they are similar to mine or not, please feel free to email me or leave a message on the message board.



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