Depression is sometimes called the "21st Century Plague". Studies show that, in fact, it is a medical condition that can be treated like any other illness. However, the first step to getting rid of the problem is to understand that your condition is depressed rather than something else. There are some alarm bells you need to know to be able to identify them correctly.

These are the most common signs that you may be depressed and that you should consult your doctor.

1. You feel tired

Lack of energy lasts for many days even though your routine has not changed much.

2. You feel worthless and you feel like you don't deserve to be alive

You may start to believe that you are useless. Thoughts about suicide can also be present because you are not afraid of death as long as you see no important point in life.

3. You have problems with concentration and / or memory

You start to forget important things and you don't remember a name or a phone number. Listening to someone or reading a book turns into a challenge because you can’t focus on what’s going on.

4. You have trouble sleeping

This is related either to insomnia or to hours of sleep. Even after a long night in bed, you still want to sleep more. You have no energy and could spend a whole day in bed.

5. Your weight changes

Suddenly, you gain a few pounds or lose weight. You can also have a tremendous appetite and feel hungry all the time, despite eating regularly. But the opposite can also happen, as you may not have the appetite at all.

6. Nothing satisfies you

You are constantly bored, tired and have no desire to meet people or engage in activities that you enjoy.

7. Your health deteriorates

You suddenly start to have pain, more often in the joints or spine and you may have digestive problems. None of this goes away with the usual medical treatment.

What is the treatment for depression and can it be prevented?

Depending on the particular situation of a patient, the doctor may recommend speech therapy or medication. Treatment may also include recommendations for additional physical activity, light therapy, pet therapy, electro or magnetic simulation, and other types of treatment.

Seasonal depression (one that intensifies during the cold and dark part of the year) can be cured by taking vitamin D. However, do not start taking pills without consulting your doctor.

Remember that to have a symptom of depression, all of these conditions must be constant. If you or your family or even friends show signs of depression, it is worth talking to a doctor who can help.