Depression is a term commonly used when someone feels sad or restless over something. The problem though is discussed very seriously among some groups but a large part of our society still doesn’t except depression as a real thing and people with depression hesitate sharing it due to the fear of being marginalized. Some people with conditions prone to know depression observe and act, but many of us don’t even know we are depressed.
Feeling bad about something, sadness, feeling unloved, blue or hopeless is not considered as depression because it may be a reaction to some event that happens in your life like the death of someone, breakups, bad grades or not getting promotions, etc.
So when is depression a real thing? Here are some signs which show whether you are in depression or just sad. Depression often comes about for absolutely no reason whatsoever. Nothing seems to matter. The black hole they find themselves in just grows larger and larger every day, and there’s nothing they can do to stop it.
There are some signs that you are in depression:
Changes in Eating Habits
Eating too much or too little is a sign of depression. When someone is depressed he may be turned to food for comfort, or eat less due to low mood. Due to these unusual habits of eating a person starts gaining or losing weight. According to research:
“Depression can change more than 5% of body weight in a month”
Changes in sleep patterns
Depression has a strong link with the sleeping pattern of a person. Sleep and moods are related to each other. The person who sleeps well probably has more chances of a good mood all day long. A lack of sleep can contribute to depression. The National Sleep Foundation has found that:
“People with insomnia are 10 times more likely to have depression than those without the condition. Sleeping more is also a way depressed people escape from their sadness”
Use of Alcohol or drugs
People with depression start using Alcohol and other drugs to cope up with their feelings of sadness, loneliness, or hopelessness. Using Alcohol and drugs makes them unconscious for a while and they feel escaped from reality. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports:
“Around 1 in 5 people with anxiety or a mood disorder such as depression also have an alcohol or substance use disorder.”
Feeling down and Fatigue
Feeling excessively tired is a very common symptom of depression. Some research suggests that:
“Over 90% of people with depression experience fatigue.”
Dealing with emotional pain is an energy suck, and it makes the person tired to tackle routine tasks at work as well as family responsibilities.
Less optimistic than others
Depressed people are more likely to have pessimistic tendencies. They started thinking that nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing they can do to improve the situation. Depressed people have thoughts about ending their life or suicide. Studies suggest that:
“Those with a major depressive disorder often have a more negative view of the future.”
Loss of concentration
When a person feels trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things then he must be in depression. Depression can cause issues with memory and concentration. Thoughts of sadness and emptiness can plunge you into a head fog that affects the job, memory, and decision-making skills.
“Forgetfulness is a major sign of depression.”
Disinterest in hobbies
Depression can take the pleasure or enjoyment out of the things a person used to love like sports, hobbies, or going out with friends. The National Institute of Mental Health lists:
“loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities as one of the revelatory symptoms of depression.”
Physical pains and health disorders
Depression mostly considers a mental health condition, but it can also have physical consequences. Most people experience backache, chronic pain conditions, digestive problems, headache, weight gain and cramps in different parts of the body. Not every cramp or twinge is a symptom of depression
Being angry or irritable
Depression can show up as heightened irritability. Many people do not associate anger and irritability with depression, but these mood changes are not unusual among those with the condition. People with depression have no control over their emotions. Small things started to irritate them and everything and everyone gets on their nerves. Research shows that:
“Men are also less likely than women to recognize depression or seek treatment for it.”
Low sex drive
Dr. Jennifer Payne, director of the Women’s Mood Disorders Center said that:
“Changes in sex drive a key indicator for diagnosing episodes of major depression.”
Mostly women who are unable to conceive babies are more likely to be depression patients.
Depression is common nowadays and it affects millions of people. Several treatments are available, which includes lifestyle changes to medications. It doesn’t matter how you treat your depression but to accept this fact that you need help to solve this problem of yours.