- Having prolonged depressed mood
- Feeling anxious, worried, and having intrusive, upsetting thoughts
- Becoming emotional or upset for no particular reason
- Don’t want to see people or don’t feel comfortable to be left alone; see social activities as something unmanageable.
- Seeing oneself as a burden to others
- Seeing no future, loss of hope
- Feeling of having no confidence
- Feeling that life is unfair
- Feeling that life is “passing you by”
- Feeling worthless; All you’ve ever done is making mistakes and that’s all that you ever will do.
- Feeling life isn’t worth living.
- Feeling shortness of temper, or irritability
- Having difficulties in making decisions
- Doing less of what you used to enjoy
- Feeling as if even the smallest tasks are sometimes unattainable
- Spending a lot of time thinking about what is wrong about yourself; may also feel guilty when being criticized by others
- Having thoughts of death or becoming suicidal
- Having difficulties in concentrating during the day
- Suffering from sudden increase or decrease of appetite
- Suddenly increasing or decreasing in body weight
- Having disrupted sleep, sometimes with nightmares; Persisting insomnia or feel sleepy all the time
- Getting up earlier than usual in the mornings or having difficulty getting back to sleep; being exhausted on wakings
- Always feeling tired
- Suffering from aches and pains which appear to have no physical cause
If the above-mentioned symptoms have persisted for more than two weeks, and that they are remarkably affecting performance at school or work and interpersonal relationships, don’t hesitate! Make a call to counselling hotlines, or seek advice from your physician immediately! You may also schedule an appointment with a school counsellor, educational/clinical psychologist, or psychiatrist to discuss your problems.
|References:||American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders – Text revision (4th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.|