This page covers: common signs and symptoms of depression psychotic symptoms self-harm and suicide the risk of isolation anxiety depression as a symptom of other mental health problems.
Psychotic symptoms If you experience an episode of severe depression, you might also experience some psychotic symptoms. These can include: delusions, such as paranoia hallucinations, such as hearing voices. Self-harm and suicide If you are feeling low, you might use self-harming behaviours to cope with difficult feelings.
The risk of isolation It can sometimes be hard to explain your thoughts and feelings to others. Anxiety It's very common to experience depression and anxiety together. Some symptoms of depression can also be symptoms of anxiety, for example: feeling restless being agitated struggling to sleep and eat.
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Can depression be a symptom of other mental health problems? Depression can be a part of several mental health problems, such as: bipolar disorder borderline personality disorder BPD and other personality disorders schizoaffective disorder. This information was published in March We will revise it in About depression Causes.
Was this page useful? Positive Negative Tell us more. It is possible to take action and to change patterns of thinking on your own. There are six action strategies that bring the quickest results in breaking out of the negative thought patterns that maintain your depression. You can keep a thought journal for several days in which, at the end of each day, you jot down as many instances of negative thinking as you can remember.
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Note any kind of pessimistic thinking, any focusing on problems rather than on solutions. Record thinking in which you feel yourself to be a victim, even if you have been genuinely victimized. Jot down thoughts of feeling helpless or hopeless. Be especially aware of making sweeping generalizations from one specific bad event so that your whole future appears to be terrible.
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Alternatively to keeping a journal, carry with you a wad of index cards or a palm computer and note negative thoughts as they occur. Although describing the negative thoughts is more helpful, it is not essential; you can simply tally them. Develop a partnership strategy. Ask a loved one or a trusted colleague to point out to you your instances of negative thinking, and then record them. For this it helps to have a visual reminder at hand.
Keep in your purse or on your desk a switch plate with an actual light switch on it. Refer to it often.
Remember that you know two things now. Your concerns stem from your lack of control.
You also know how to acknowledge those thoughts and tell them to keep moving along out of your mind. They can come in and go out. By letting go instead of pushing, your mind opens up and stays more relaxed. This also keeps your mind open to receive different thoughts. In fact, it may take a little while for a newer, more positive thought to take root, especially if you have a long-standing habit with negative thinking. Have some patience as you gradually introduce your brain to more positive thinking. In another article, you will learn how to take the next step beyond thought awareness.
Thought replacement can be a helpful tool for managing the negative thoughts that barrage a person with depression. Stemming the tide of negativity can help when someone is under the heavy weight of a depressed mood. Thought awareness and replacement are just two parts of the depression recovery puzzle.