Mental Wellness

Signs and Symptoms when suffering Depression

People may be suffering from depression without even knowing it. Depression is a serious matter that unfortunately does not get talked about. Sometimes we may think that we are depressed when we feel a little sad but that’s not always the case. Here are some tell-tale signs that you may be suffering from depression.

Constantly feel down and tired

Feeling a little down from time to time is completely normal as we human have emotions. Sometimes we may experience bad days and start feeling hopeless and don’t want to get out of bed for days. That’s where it gets into dangerous territory. According to experts, if your lack of energy lasts for days on end even though your routine hasn’t changed much and you feel tired as soon as you wake up, this may be your body’s way of telling you that you are in fact depressed. Analyse your current situation thoroughly and take it seriously as constant fatigue is one of the main symptoms of depression.

Your self-esteem hits rock bottom

Along with depression and constant fatigue you might start seeing yourself as useless. Constantly dwell on your past failures and your mind will be flooded with memories of every stupid mistake. You will probably see them as proofs that you’re completely worthless. An especially serious problem of depression that should never be taken lightly are suicidal thoughts.

You have concentration and memory problems

According to doctors when you are depressed, your concentration level suffers big time. You will start forgetting about all important things and have trouble remembering names or other details. Listening to someone talk or reading a book becomes a challenge. Since you cannot focus on what is going on, making decisions is incredibly difficult. You just cannot put your finger on anything or ignore this hopeless feeling inside of you. However mental fog alone may not signal depression if out of all of these signs only this one applies to you. Chances are that depression isn’t really the issue at hand.

You have trouble sleeping

Another part of your life that significantly changes when you have depression are your sleeping patterns. This can be in the form of either insomnia or sleeping for longer hours. When you’re suffering from depression, you will crave more sleep even after a full night’s rest. You have no energy and feel like you could spend the whole day in bed. It is not like a fun day in bed surrounding by snacks, binge watching your favourite show. It is about lying in bed all day doing nothing with no desire to get up. If this sounds familiar to you, consider it another red flag that you need to get some help.

Your weight changes

With all the emotional roller coasters you go through when you have depression, your appearance is bound to change and the main thing that depression affects is your weight. It can go either way by all of the sudden gaining several pounds or your weight drops drastically. This could be due to constantly feeling starved no matter how much you eat, or you stop feeling hunger at all. Just like your emotional state, your eating habits become unstable. Specialists say that if there’s an unintentional change of more than five percent of your body weight within a month, it could be a sign of depression.

Nothing brings you pleasure

Your favourite food, TV show or video game that once brought you so much joy is now just sort of meth. Even people that you adore and love hanging out with do not seem to do it for you anymore. You are constantly bored tired and have no desire to do your lifelong hobby or meet up with your best friend. Another area you may lose interest in is your sex life. Symptoms of major depression include decreased sex drive and even impotence. The key here is to find out whether there is a serious and steady reason for it.  If there is not, then it is most likely depression.

 You experience mood swings

When you’re depressed, you constantly feel sad, anxious or irritated and you probably cannot even explain why you suddenly become extremely short-tempered with a lack of basic tolerance. Everything and everyone annoy you to no end. This can get especially scary when it turns into reckless behaviour or substance abuse as an attempt to get rid of all these emotions. However, it’s not like you’re just ticked off all the time. When you are going through mood swings, you can go from a

full of rage to a puddle of tears in a blink of an eye. Rapid breathing, sweating and extreme nervousness can be especially alarming symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks associated with severe depression.

Your health deteriorates

Emotional outbursts and a constant feeling of hopelessness affect not only your weight but your overall health. It is common for depressed people to suddenly start experiencing aches and pains most frequently on the joints. Digestive problems are a huge concern in this situation – especially when they aren’t brought on by something obvious like something you ate, and these symptoms don’t go away with usual medical treatment either because your mental state is involved.

The earlier you can deal with your depression, the easier it’ll be for you to get back to good health. If you find yourself hitting at least three or four of these signs, it most likely means that you have some form of depression. Basically, the more signs are showing, the more depressed you are. Also, don’t forget that to be a symptom of depression, all of these conditions should be continuous and not just one-off day.

Treatment and prevention for depression

According to psychotherapist, there are steps you can take in three areas of your life to make your mental state better.

Take care of your body

Start by doing 30-minute workouts at least three times a week and get at least seven hours of sleep a night and add more of your favourite foods to your diet especially sugary ones. Taking care of yourself this way will certainly make you feel much better.

Take care of your mind

Try to explore the world around you as if you never have before. Enjoy some poetry, spend time with yourself, take new classes and open up your mind to new experiences. It will sure be difficult at first with your loss of interest but the more you do it, the easier it’ll get to develop genuine excitement. There are tons of opportunities around you so go grab them up.

 Take care of your spirit

The best thing you can do for your spirit is meditation. Through meditation, you can learn to understand and listen to yourself on a deeper level. After a good meditation session, all of the depressing thoughts disappear, opening up more space for new experiences and knowledge in your head. There are also a couple of methods to prevent possible depression. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that some forms of depression can be treated with natural substances. This is especially true of so-called seasonal depression which can be held by taking a lot of vitamin D.

However, consultation with your doctor is a must. Experts also recommend to start seeing a doctor earlier and doing it regularly. After all, any illness is easier to combat if it’s observed from the initial state. If you found out that you have depression, don’t worry because it is a problem that can and should be resolved.

The path you have to take to get out of it will help you find out more about yourself and appreciate not only your own uniqueness but also the people and the world around you. This is not something bad so you should not go through this alone. Consult a doctor immediately and they will know how to make the path easier and shorter for you. If you suspect that your friend or family member is battling depression, provide a shoulder for them to cry on and make sure that they get help. It may seem like it’s something you can deal with on your own, but the truth is that this condition is not to be taken lightly and must be treated with the help of a doctor.

 

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