Psychomotor Changes

September 23, 2022

Symptoms of Depression

Psychomotor changes

by Jamal Ross

Depression is a formidable opponent and can impact our lives greatly, as well as those who are closest to us. Also, depression can present and appear differently amongst individuals impacted with this disease. There is always a depressed mood or lack in the interest in most, if not all, activities of daily life when we speak about depression. Yet, those with depression can have changes to eating patterns, weight, and energy level. Let us find out more about another and less commonly known of depression: psychomotor changes.

Those dealing with depression may a have psychomotor changes, which speak how slow or fast we perform bodily movements and daily functions. (1) There are two types of psychomotor changes, which are psychomotor retardation or psychomotor agitation. Psychomotor retardation is the slowing of body movements. Those with psychomotor retardation may speak or think slowly. They feel sluggish. Everyday actions and movements, such as preparing coffee, is done at a slowed pace. Other the hand, those with depression may also have psychomotor agitation, which is the speeding up of body movements. Those with psychomotor agitation can appear to fidgety, restless or pace with worry.

Regardless of your symptoms of depression, this disease will have no effect on you for God will restore your soul and lead you on a path for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3) Sluggishness and agitation will fall away as you give thanks for the day the Lord has made. (Psalm 118:24). There is a great promise awaiting you. Recall to your mind the mercy of God, in this this you have hope. His compassion will not fail you. (See Lamentations 3:21-22)

1. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.)

Jamal Ross

Dr. Jamal Ross is an internist and pediatrician who possesses a passion for prayer and preventative medicine. He has worked in the fields of primary care and hospital medicine.

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