Low mood and sadness are normal human emotions. We all feel sad or low at times. There are lots of different words for describing these feelings, including feeling blue, unhappy, down or flat.
Typical symptoms of low mood include:
– Low self esteem, perceiving oneself as less than worthy of her talent and ability
– Worrying, excessive and out of scale with the reality
– Tiredness, despite seemingly adequate rest
– Frustration, with all things surrounding her work, social circle
– Sadness, for example the passing of the loved one
The low mood tends to improve by resolving any issues that may be a concern, by getting sufficient sleep,and by talking through problems and taking positive action.
If the low mood continues without any sign of improvement, it can be a sign of depression, especially if the low mood is accompanied by the following:
– Feelings of low self worth combined with a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. There is inability of self help.
– Loss of interest in activities that would normally be enjoyable such as sexual activity.
– Energy loss and general lethargy such as despite seeminly adequate rest and food.
– Persistent negative thoughts and pessimistic outlook, gloomy perception of surrounding despite the contrary.
– Disturbed sleep, waking early or over sleeping, insomnia etc…
– Social withdrawal and isolating, not joing the usual circle of friend
– Appetite changes – craving certain foods, over eating or under eating
– Weight gain or weight loss
– In more severe cases, thoughts of self harm, suicidal thought
All these points to the possibility of having depression other than a low mood.