Effects of Depression
Common physical symptoms of depression include fatigue, weight loss, decreased libido, and aches in the body. These symptoms can also be accompanied by constipation and headaches. From the patient’s mental standpoint, depression causes a loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, the urge to “give up”, crying, and slight mood swings. In more serious cases, depression can cause more intense mood swings, suicidal thoughts, and the urge to completely isolate oneself. Often times, depression is called a “social illness”, because it so greatly affects one’s social interactions and the people closely connected to the patient. Depression can isolate the patient from all social activity and from immediate family and friends, and the most important thing to do in the case of a depressed family member or friend is to try and bridge the gap that forms between the patient and his or her social connections. People suffering from depression often believe that they cannot be helped by anyone else or that they do not want to burden others with their illness, but this obstacle must be overcome by making a connection with the patient.