Depression is a condition which is characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, fatigue, irritability, and difficulty to concentrate. It has a devastating impact on a person’s life, and it has a potential to destroy careers, families, and relationships.

One of the best known treatments for depression is through therapy and medication. People can suffer from depression at some point in their lives, but only a few will have the need to go on a regular treatment as this is not a recurring problem for many. But even if it is just temporary, it can still wreck havoc on a lot of people if it is not arrested at its earliest onset.

Here are some of the negative effects of depression:

1. It negatively affects relationships.

The most common manifestations of depression are sadness and irritability. Depressed people have no way of controlling these feelings and it can affect their relationships with friends and family. Friends and relatives will tend to distance themselves from depressed people because they are either hurt or surprised, especially if they don’t know what the depressed person is going through.

2. It can cause insomnia and sleeping issues.

Most people with depression are also suffering from insomnia and sleeping issues. They may either find it hard to go to sleep or stay asleep, or they may have too much sleep.

Sleeping problems is one of the leading causes of mental fog and difficulty to concentrate. At times, it can make you irritable, tired and hopeless. It can give you a lot of problems at work, and if your problem goes on for a long time, it can negatively affect your job.

3. It can make you lose interest in activities that you once enjoyed.

When you are depressed, you will no longer enjoy the activities that used to make you happy, like sex with your spouse or going out with your friends or loved ones. Your feeling of hopelessness and self pity makes you lose interest in doing what you used to enjoy. This can make your friends or loved ones disappointed, upset or angry, and it can affect your relationship with them.

4. It can lead to the development of reckless behaviors.

Many depressed people don’t understand why they are feeling that way, but instead of seeking professional help, they do things that can help them escape from that feeling. This can lead them to develop reckless behaviors such as indulging in drugs and alcohol, gambling, compulsive spending, or they become promiscuous. This can lead to more serious problems especially if that behavior will lead to accidents and other financial and health issues.