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15 Changes When Depression Strikes

Jerry Kennard Health Pro September 03, 2010
  • Depression is associated with a variety of physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive changes. In this post I'm listing the most common:   Indifference: the things that once used to matter no longer seem important anymore.   Irritability: most people associate depression with sa...

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  • My Bariatric Life
    Health Guide
    Jan. 21, 2012

    I am curious if there is a higher prevalence of depression among obese people. I also have the "what came first" question percolating in my head... does a person who is depressed over time eat themselve into obesity, or is it that the person first becomes obese and then the depression follows?

     

    Also, what came first, the chicken or the egg? Laughing

  • Anonymous
    Brutalbrutus
    Jan. 21, 2012

    You say depressed people want to sleep all the time.  That's only half right.  Some want to sleep all the time (hypersomnia), while others can't sleep at all (insomnia).

     

    You did not include appetite changes--either eating too much (hyperphagia) or not enough (dysphagia).

     

    Did you include psychomotor retardation (feeling slowed down or...

    RHMLucky777

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    You say depressed people want to sleep all the time.  That's only half right.  Some want to sleep all the time (hypersomnia), while others can't sleep at all (insomnia).

     

    You did not include appetite changes--either eating too much (hyperphagia) or not enough (dysphagia).

     

    Did you include psychomotor retardation (feeling slowed down or heavy) or psychomotor agitation (feeling sped up, keyed up)?

     

    Here are the indicia of depression, per the psychiatrist's diagnostic bible:

     

    1.  Sleep disorder

    2.  Interest deficit (you got that one)

    3.  Guilt

    4.  Energy deficit or agitation

    5.  Concentration deficit

    6.  Appetite disorder

    7.  Psychomotor retardation or agitation

    8.  Suicidality (which can include thoughts of suicide that the patient plans never to carry out)

     

     

  • Judy
    Sep. 03, 2010

    Gosh, I didn't think I was all that depressed until I read this list of changes and realized I still have a good number of them.  What I find interesting is that I can be numb and have no feelings, yet something can happen that triggers the irritability and impatience.  My guess is that the numbness isn't 100% effective at preventing emotions from...

    RHMLucky777

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    Gosh, I didn't think I was all that depressed until I read this list of changes and realized I still have a good number of them.  What I find interesting is that I can be numb and have no feelings, yet something can happen that triggers the irritability and impatience.  My guess is that the numbness isn't 100% effective at preventing emotions from surfacing under the right conditions.  Perhaps that's why we call them triggers!

    • Jerry Kennard
      Health Pro
      Sep. 04, 2010

      Hi Judy,

       

      Thanks for contributing. The numbness to irritation issue you mention is really quite common. People in the trade often refer to 'labile emotions', which basically means you can find yourself in a whole variety of moods and sometimes over a fairly short space of time. This emotional roller-coaster can come in different forms and involve short-sharp...

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      Hi Judy,

       

      Thanks for contributing. The numbness to irritation issue you mention is really quite common. People in the trade often refer to 'labile emotions', which basically means you can find yourself in a whole variety of moods and sometimes over a fairly short space of time. This emotional roller-coaster can come in different forms and involve short-sharp shifts of mood with intermittent stability, or more protracted states. I've just realised that sounds like a weather forecast!

  • Donna-1
    Sep. 03, 2010

    I never had the feelings of guilt or shame, but most of the others were right on the mark.  I also felt like I led two lives.  One the work me, and one the home me.  It seemed like what little energy I had was expended on my demanding job; still, I would get home and run 5 miles because that's about the only thing that made me feel better. ...

    RHMLucky777

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    I never had the feelings of guilt or shame, but most of the others were right on the mark.  I also felt like I led two lives.  One the work me, and one the home me.  It seemed like what little energy I had was expended on my demanding job; still, I would get home and run 5 miles because that's about the only thing that made me feel better.  Most of the time, I just wanted to die and dreamed up ways I could die "gracefully" if there is such a thing.  Fortunately, here I am today substantially recovered, and I look back and wonder how I ever made it through those dark times.

    • Jerry Kennard
      Health Pro
      Sep. 04, 2010

      Interesting that your run made you feel better. I'm more and more impressed by both the research and people's personal stories about the way diet, exercise and changes to lifestyle have such positive effects on their mood. Many of these effects far exceed those that can normally be expected from antidepressant medication alone. Thanks again for your comment...

      RHMLucky777

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      Interesting that your run made you feel better. I'm more and more impressed by both the research and people's personal stories about the way diet, exercise and changes to lifestyle have such positive effects on their mood. Many of these effects far exceed those that can normally be expected from antidepressant medication alone. Thanks again for your comment Donna.

    • rose martin
      Sep. 04, 2010

      That was very interesting. i ticked most of the boxes, and amnot even going thru a particularly nasty Depression at the moment.  I do find myself not responding

      to events on T.V. Natural Disasters, and I feel quite distanced from them emotinally, I realise this could be my SSRI Meds etc., Agitation is always a signal for me that a biggie [Depression] has...

      RHMLucky777

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      That was very interesting. i ticked most of the boxes, and amnot even going thru a particularly nasty Depression at the moment.  I do find myself not responding

      to events on T.V. Natural Disasters, and I feel quite distanced from them emotinally, I realise this could be my SSRI Meds etc., Agitation is always a signal for me that a biggie [Depression] has arrived. Ditto, Intense Morning Anxiety with Churning stomach, a fear of somebody calling to the house as I'm not 'up to it'.

      A complete need to withdraw socially and Distorted Thinking.

    • My Bariatric Life
      Health Guide
      Jan. 21, 2012

      Jerry,

      With regard to your comment <diet, exercise and changes to lifestyle have such positive effects on their mood. Many of these effects far exceed those that can normally be expected from antidepressant medication alone.> After I had my weight loss surgery, I began a much healthier lifestyle. I expected certain health conditions, like my hypertension...

      RHMLucky777

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      Jerry,

      With regard to your comment <diet, exercise and changes to lifestyle have such positive effects on their mood. Many of these effects far exceed those that can normally be expected from antidepressant medication alone.> After I had my weight loss surgery, I began a much healthier lifestyle. I expected certain health conditions, like my hypertension and diabetes, to be resolved with losing weight and making the necessary lifestyle changes to maintain that weight loss. What I did not expect was that my depression would be lifted. I still take an antidepressant but I never sink down to the levels of despair that I once felt on a regular basis when I was obese and on several medications for my depression. I haven't seen a therapist or psychiatrist in years. My primary care physician monitors my medication. 

       

      Anyone interested can read more about my previous life, in a sharepost that I wrote about stress overeating here: http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/143417/comments and compare that to my new bariatric life, which I discuss in a sharepost here: http://www.healthcentral.com/obesity/c/276918/142536/bariatric-weight/2

       

      Be well,

      MBL

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