Sometimes it’s not too difficult to tell if we ourselves, or someone close to us, is depressed. But sometimes the symptoms are subtler, so it is more difficult to tell. Today we present 11 other ways that depression might show itself.
According to the World Health Organization, depression is the number one cause of disability worldwide. Depressed people often underperform in their personal life and at work, and depression can make other physical ailments more likely. You may be more prone to accidents, and don’t heal from a sickness or accident as you normally would.
Dr. Lekeisha A. Sumner, professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California Los Angeles says “depression remains underdiagnosed and undertreated, which is unfortunate, because it really impacts the quality of life of those affected…”. Now consider these:
Less obvious symptoms that may mean depression
- Things that used to make you sad before now make you cry
You may cry easier over smaller matters. For example, a movie you have seen before may cause you to cry now.
- You are irritable
You may be irritated by nearly everything and everyone, and may get angry at something that normally wouldn’t bother you.
- You don’t feel much
Some depressed people, rather than be more irritable, exhibit diminished emotions. Things that in the past would make you happy or angry don’t cause you to feel much of anything. You may feel basically numb.
- You have a chronic pain that gets worse
Especially if you have recurrent headaches, abdominal pains, muscle or joint pains, and they get worse or more frequent.
- You miss more deadlines
Depression can make your memory which of course affects your job performance. You may just be slower overall.
- It’s harder to concentrate
It’s more difficult to focus when you are trying to complete your tasks..
- You are always tired
Even mild physical or mental efforts may make you feel exhausted.
- Your speech may change slightly
As your memory may be affected, you more frequently cannot remember the proper words when you are constructing sentences.
- Things that used to interest you no longer do
Maybe a soap opera or a series you used to be addicted to no longer interests you. Your life seems dull, and you may lose interest in things that used to give you pleasure.
- It’s more difficult to make decisions
This may keep you from taking action, Even deciding, for example, where to order a pizza might now be very difficult.
- You don’t want to be around people
You may lose interest in socializing. You might worry that others will judge you or see that you are down, which only increases your isolation and makes you feel worse.
On this point, especially friends can notice that their now depressed friend no longer wants to get together or contact them. If you notice this, or any of the other of these signs and symptoms in a friend, be a real friend and rather than avoiding them. Get closer and ask what’s happening. Help them get help.
And if you notice these symptoms in yourself, know that talking to a therapist and/or taking medications for a short time will help pull you out of your depression and return to a happier and better functioning you.
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