There’s a huge difference between feeling “depressed” and struggling with “Depression.” In one case, it’s normal and inevitable that we each feel down or sad. Life is complicated and often presents us with times that make us blue. With enough time (and perhaps a silly movie), you typically find yourself in much better spirits.
Depression, on the other hand, is a mental health disorder. It requires professional diagnosis and treatment. Downplaying as a mood can prevent you from getting the care you need. Therefore, it is crucial that you learn to recognize the signs of a depressive disorder.
Depression is More Than Sadness
Once again, sadness is normal. It alerts us to what we need to change. Also, it provides the contrast we need to identify and appreciate joy. Depression can take you to a much different place. When dealing with a depressive disorder, you may lose hope for your future. You lose your ability to impact your life the way in a way that feels right for you. Depression creates overwhelming darkness that transcends anything we normally call “sorrow.”
6 More Signs of Depression
Have you lost interest in things you previously enjoyed or were easily engaged in? At first, you may chalk this up to boredom. But, please look closer. If it’s one activity, fine. But if you struggle to find happiness in any of the activities you once loved, it could be a sign of depression.
Most people have to deal with jobs, chores, duties, and more. Then you have all that you choose to do, e.g. being in a relationship, having hobbies and interests, etc. This is enough to tire anyone. Depression-related is something entirely different.
You feel tired all the time — even after a decent night’s sleep. Sleep typically comes in unpredictable fits and starts. People begin to notice and comment on how tired you look. If this sounds familiar but there’s no obvious cause, you might want to visit a therapist.
The presence of anxiety may lead you to not suspect depression is a factor. However, these two conditions often occur concurrently. Needless to say, this reality can complicate diagnosis. Keep an eye out for two anxiety-related factors:
- A sudden rise in the amount of anxiety you’re feeling
- Worrying about that did not previously concern you or enter your line of thinking
As with anxiety, this sign needs to be evaluated in context. Are you suddenly more easily irritated? Were you someone who folks described as a mellow and patient but now, you can’t control your temper? Pay close attention to mood swings and their causes.
Changes in Appetite, Weight, or Eating Habits
Depression can cause:
- A significant change in weight (increase or decrease)
- Emotional eating and seeking comfort through food
- A dramatic loss of appetite when depression really starts to intensify
Does the thought of just “turning it all off” feel really appealing? If so, it is absolutely essential to understand that this is not something to ignore. Never dismiss it as a “mood.” Thoughts of death, dying, and suicide very often indicated the presence of a mental health issue. Depression is the most common in such cases.
Depression is Treatable So, Please Get Treated
There are countless reasons why depression may happen. It could, for example, involve a chemical imbalance. In other words, there is no shame in feeling depressed. Working with a therapist is an ideal way to get started with learning more and learning how to manage this condition. If you or someone you know is struggling with any of the signs above, let’s connect soon to talk about it.
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