Why You’re Not Yourself: Understanding Your Depression Symptoms
Are you feeling hopeless, shameful, uninterested, or disconnected from life? These are just a few of the many signs that indicate you could be suffering from depression. Depression is a paralyzing mental disorder that can cause you to feel so alone that you don’t even know who you are anymore. But with 350 million people worldwide struggling with this disease, you are not alone. Take a look at your depression symptoms to gain some insight into your mental health disorder.
Prolonged feelings of intense sadness
Sometimes triggered by a specific event, but oftentimes for no reason at all, people who suffer from depression most commonly notice feelings of intense sadness or emptiness. Those who haven’t experienced depression commonly confuse this with feelings of temporary sadness. Temporary sadness, however, is a normal human emotion that goes away after a brief period or after engaging in a distracting activity. Neither of which can “cure” your depression symptoms.
Suicidal thoughts and ideation are common for those who struggle with depression. While some people do create suicidal plans, others have lingering thoughts of dread towards being alive. They may not have any intention to proceed with a plan, but they feel hopeless and believe the world would be better off without them. These thoughts should not be shrugged off. Seek help from a professional, friend, family member, or a suicide hotline if you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts.
You have lost your lust for life
Depression robs you of even your most basic interests. The things you may have cherished and loved most in this world may no longer carry any interest for you. If everything has started to feel like a chore or task, this is a clear sign of depression.
Depression feeds off of the feeling of isolation. It can cause you to stay in bed all day, avoid going to work or school, and convince you not to spend time with your friends and family. Being depressed can also cause you to feel alone in situations where you’re doing what you love with the people you love. Many people with depression are good at putting on a mask to convince others that they feel fine, or even great when in reality they’re hurting tremendously on the inside.
Lack of personal hygiene
Many people find it hard to even get out of bed or leave the house; so taking care of themselves is their last priority. Those who struggle with depression may also struggle with personal hygiene and take care of their basic needs. They may neglect to shower, brush their teeth, do the dishes and laundry, make their bed and clean their house. This is often a physical representation of how they’re feeling on the inside.
Changes in appetite
Those who suffer from prolonged periods of depression have tendencies towards gaining or losing a significant amount of weight. Sometimes their appetite is curbed or they’ve completely lost interest in eating. Other times people try to cope with depression and fill their void with food. Depression and eating disorders are also co-occurring disorders that go hand-in-hand. Look for warning signs of other mental illnesses (anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, etc.), because depression is often linked to them.
Understand your Depression Symptoms with a Therapist
One of the best ways to combat your feelings of depression is to learn more about it. The more you know, the more equipped you’ll be to fight it. Read more about the signs and symptoms, risk factors, as well as treatment and therapies for depression on the National Institute of Mental Health website. Then take the first step toward help and health. Struggling with your depression symptoms is nothing to be ashamed of. At Eddins Counseling Group, in Houston, we offer depression treatment with many qualifies therapists. Contact us at 832-559-2622 or book an appointment online.
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