People With Depression Speak Differently, Claim Researchers

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Health and Fitness On 9th February 2018

Depressed people use particular words and speech patterns, claim researchers.


What Is Depression?

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.


Signs and Symptoms

Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood.

Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.

Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness.

Moving or talking more slowly.

Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.

Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts.

Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting.

Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment


Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression.

Also, medical conditions (e.g., thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to rule out general medical causes.

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