Symptoms of Depressive Disease differ
from patient to patient and even at different times in the same patient.
A 45-year-old male patient had headache,
giddiness, bodyache and weakness for the past one year. Headache was often severe, not
allowing him to attend his duties. The headache would be worse with noise, hence he would
not allow anybody to put on TV or radio in the house. At the end of the day, he would feel
tired even when he would be in house the whole day and had done nothing. He had sleepless
nights and his appetite was much reduced. He had lost by about 10 kgs in one year. X-rays
including CT Scan were normal. Other routine investigations including blood sugar were
normal. Tonics and injections (for strength) were of no use.
On further inquiry by the author,
regarding symptoms related to mood, thinking, and behavior, the following was revealed.
The person had lost initiative and was not feeling fresh in the morning. He used to get
many thoughts mainly negative type and concentration in the work was affected. Since last
one month, he had not gone to his work (though in the last 25 years of service he had
hardly taken leave from his work). He had even expressed his desire to resign from the
work as he was finding the same work now burdensome. He had lost his interest in his
hobbies like listening to music and playing chess. Of late, he was becoming irritated on
This is a typical case of Depressive
The following are the major symptoms
observed during Depressive Disease though not all may be present in each case.