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What are the signs of depression?

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Madam S sent me a Chinese newspaper article about the signs of depression.
Depression, can affect anyone.
It affected one of the famous poets of China during the Warring States period : Qu Yuan (屈原),
who has inspired the celebration of DuanWu Festival,
where people enjoy dragon boat races and rice wrapped into 3-cornered packages.

The depression of Qu Yuan started after the change of throne,
after which he was no longer trusted by the new king due to slander by other officer.

It was a great loss of a talented person like Qu Yuan to depression.
Now, the question is how to analyze if one (can be someone whom we care) suffers from depression.

Symptoms (that persist for over 2 weeks):

1. unstable emotional states. Feel like crying or becoming angry easily.

2. loss of interest on any activity / event.

3. change of appetite & body weight. Most cases involve decrease in appetite.

4. daily loss of sleep.

5. often worry.

6. self-blame, low self-esteem / low self-worth.

7. lethargy.

8. decrease in ability to focus / concentrate. often doubtful.

9. often think of self-destructive thoughts.

Once we knows if someone suffers from depression, we can seek further action to help heal him / her.

A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. ~ Proverbs 17:22

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Written by blueroselady

May 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

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