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Depression is a common mental disorder that more than 300 million people suffer from globally. If you think that you may be suffering from depression or are worried about someone close to you, we have outlined the signs and symptoms that can arise when someone has the condition.

Signs and symptoms of depression

Depression can present itself differently from one person to the next. The symptoms also depend on the type of depression someone is suffering from.  Some examples of the symptoms a person with the condition may present include, but are not limited to, the following:

Behavioural symptoms

  • Does not engage in activities that they once enjoyed
  • Tearful
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Decline in performance at work or school
  • Regularly absent from work or school
  • Unable to perform day-to-day tasks

Physical symptoms

  • Disturbed sleep
  • Less of an appetite
  • Low energy and excessive fatigue
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Becoming restless and unable to sit still
  • Moving more slowly
  • Paying less attention to grooming or personal hygiene

Mental symptoms

  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulties making decisions
  • Unable to use proper judgement
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself

Social symptoms

  • Irritable
  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
  • Unwarranted guilt

Steps to take if you are worried about depression

If you or someone you care about is suffering from depression, it is important to get access to the right treatment. Symptoms can worsen and other mental health concerns can occur if help is not pursued, with work, academic pursuits or personal lives becoming affected.

Remember, depression is treatable. Talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or appropriate antidepressant medication can help someone suffering from depression lead a happier and more fulfilled life.

If you would like to find out more about the support that is available, Priory’s Wellbeing Centre in Dubai offers depression treatment to help tackle the illness and achieve a positive mental wellbeing once again. You can call the team (+971) 4 245 3800, or you can make a confidential enquiry online.