Often when people think of depression, they imagine it as a feeling of overwhelming sadness. While sadness can certainly be a hallmark of this mood disorder, it is not the only symptom. Everyone who suffers from depression has a unique experience with it; there is no right or wrong way to be depressed, and it’s important to be able to recognize the different manifestations of depression.
The National Institute of Mental Health outlines the most common signs that you may be suffering from depression. These include:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Thoughts of death or suicide
These are indeed strong indicators of depression. You might find, though, that other symptoms are more prevalent for you, and being able to identify that something is amiss is a critical first step on the path to treatment.
Physical Effects of Depression
Suffering from depression can affect every aspect of your life. It’s not “just” a mental issue; it has a profound physical impact on the body as well. You may notice some or all of these physical symptoms, either in addition to or perhaps in place of the mental symptoms mentioned above:
Worsening of chronic pain
- Back, muscle, and joint pain
- Chest pain
- Digestive issues
- Increase or decrease in appetite/weight
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
This is not an exhaustive list; it is entirely possible that there are other physical manifestations of depression as well. According to WebMD, “Depression seems to be related to improper functioning of nerve cell networks or pathways that connect the brain areas that process emotional information. Some of these networks also process information for sensing physical pain. Many experts think that depression can make you feel pain differently than other people.” If your body simply does not feel good, it may be a signal that you are actually depressed.
Symptoms Can Vary by Gender
Also important to note is that depression can present differently in men and women. According to Julie Jones, Ph.D., LPC, depression in males might surface as decreased interest in work; participation in high-risk activities; “escaping” into sports/video games/other activities; or abuse of alcohol or drugs. Men may also experience more prominent physical symptoms like chest pain, sexual dysfunction, and headaches.
Perhaps the most significant difference in the way men experience depression, though, is the prevalence of anger, irritability, and aggression. Because these are not considered “typical” symptoms of depression, it may not immediately be apparent that depression is the problem at the root of the change in attitude.
No matter your gender, if you notice that you are angrier or more irritable than usual, it could be a sign of depression.
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Alpha-Stim delivers a microcurrent of electricity to the brain through two earclip electrodes – a modality called Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES.) The patented waveform modulates the frequency of the brainwaves like no other treatment on the market. To treat pain, two handheld Smart Probes deliver Microcurrent Electrical Therapy (MET) directly to the area that hurts. Pain relief is long lasting and often immediate.
Unlike with drugs, Alpha-Stim bears no risk of addiction, lasting side effects, or withdrawal. Not only that, but it works better and costs less than medications, too! The effects of Alpha-Stim are cumulative – in other words, you will need to use it less and less over time, instead of continually increasing the dosage, like you may need to do with drugs.
If you are currently taking medications, it is perfectly safe to use Alpha-Stim in conjunction with your other treatments. However, you may find that you can decrease your dosage or even discontinue your medications altogether (but always check with your doctor first!)
Alpha-Stim is backed by more than 100 clinical research studies over nearly four decades. The evidence proves, time and time again, that Alpha-Stim works. What makes Alpha-Stim especially powerful in the treatment of depression is that it treats both the brain and the body – so you can experience genuine relief from all the different ways depression might try to bring you down.
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The safety and effectiveness of Alpha-Stim is backed by over 100 independent clinical research studies. Unlike with medications, there is no risk of addiction or lasting side effects.
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