Depression and Loss of Interest in Activities: Causes & More

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Everyone has an interest be it at work, sports or a social activity. May be you like meeting new people, hanging out with friends or doing shopping among others. It may come a time when you find what you enjoy doing most is no longer interesting if you are suffering from depression. The gloomy feelings that come with depression rob the pleasures you once had when doing what you liked most. Even if you try to force yourself, the overwhelming feelings of depression overshadow the happiness you used to get and instead, you are once again in the thoughts of how your life has become miserable.

Which Activities are Most Affected Due to Depression?

Depression strikes hard on the activities you are accustomed to on a daily basis. If you are a student, books become unfriendly and you may find it hard to concentrate in class. In the end, your sole reason of pursuing that career you have been longing is ruined. Even if you are at job, depression will steal your ability to do those normal tasks with ease* and comfort. You may lack the energy and the will power to get your job done in the right manner. The same applies at home. You don’t feel like doing the chores like washing the dishes, clothes or making the bed.

Symptoms

You are likely to experience a combination of the following symptoms if you have depression:

    Depression and Loss Of Interest
  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Changes in appetite leading to weight loss* or gain
  • Pleasurable activities are no longer interesting
  • Fatigue, exhaustion and low energy
  • Problem in concentrating and making decisions
  • Loss of memory
  • Feelings of unworthiness, guilt and worry
  • Frequent thought of suicide
  • Unfounded pains and aches in different body parts
  • Increased irritability and overreactions to small issues
  • Altered sleeping habits i.e. oversleeping or insomnia
  • Loss of interest in sex

Causes

  • Hormonal imbalances in the brain
  • Inheritance through genes
  • Major life events such as loss of parent or a loved one
  • Childhood abuse
  • Stress or pressure in life
  • Financial difficulties
  • Family conflicts
  • Substance abuse e.g. drugs or alcohol

Understanding Comorbity With Depression and Loss of Interest in Activities

Lack of interest in activities could be an indication that you have depression. The physical impacts from depression can take away your energy to the things you normally do. The lack of interest in things you previously enjoyed will only increase* the severity of depression. The recovery journey from depression can take longer if you fail to address lack of interest in activities during treatment. You will be much focused on your conditions instead of redirecting your attention to the beneficial things in life.

How is This Diagnosed?

Your physician will ask you a number of questions to access the severity of your depression. Other than lab tests and physical examination, you will be subjected to a lengthy discussion with a psychiatrist who will ask in-depth questions about your condition. Why are you no longer interested in doing the things you used? Such questions will assist your physician in coming up with the best treatment remedy for your depression.

What Treatments are Available for Depression and Loss of Interest in Activities?

Based on your gender, age and severity of the symptoms, your doctor may recommend psychotherapy, antidepressants or both. Only mild depression is treated through psychotherapy alone. Moderate to severe depression have been successfully treated through combination of both antidepressant and psychotherapy. Alternative treatments include acupuncture, reflexology, yoga, meditation among others

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Expert Author : Joan Raynor (Consumer Health Digest)

Joan Raynor is a health researcher and expert writer specializing in mental health issues where she provides hope and support to persons with treatment-resistant depression and other chronic mood disorders.