signs of depression

Signs of depression can range from subtle to obvious.  There are many people with depression who walk around with a smile on their face but behind closed doors, they are struggling to get through another day. The signs of depression vary from person to person so it’s important to learn more about this illness that can consume a persons mind, body and soul.

 

 

Signs of Depression

 

Feeling sad or depressed every now and then is natural and most people can relate to feeling this way. Emotions can lift you up and bring you down as just quickly.  It’s important to understand there’s a difference between things being depressing and having depression.

 

When you’re going through struggles in life and experiences of disappointments it can get depressing.  When things are depressing you feel down and a bit miserable but you can still function in most areas of your life.  You can still go to work, eat meals, pay your bills and other things you normally do in your day. 

 

Depression, on the other hand, isn’t as obvious and it doesn’t hit you when you’re going through a rough time.  It can creep up at any time and can stay for long periods of time. It interferes with how you perform throughout your days, increases insomnia, influences your appetite and places limits on lifestyle and choices. Depression isn’t just a case of feeling sad.  It’s much more complex than that.

 

Not everyone would describe depression as “living in a black hole”.  People experience different symptoms of depression.  Not all depression feels the same.  Some people will experience depression and feel sad, lonely, empty, helpless, worthless and hopeless.  Whereas, others will feel anger, aggression and anxious. 

 

Men and women experience depression differently and will show different signs of depression.  Neither way is better.  They both feel the limitations and feelings that are unshakable.

 

The feelings that accompany depression are intense and unrelenting.  Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. It’s difficult for family or friends to understand the impact depression causes.  Depression is not something you can just snap out of if only it were that easy.

 

Learning more about the signs of depression, symptoms of depression and causes of depression will help you determine the right treatment for depression.

 

Signs of Depression

 

The signs of depression are more common than you might think.  Most people have experienced some of these symptoms in their lifetime. It depends on how often you experience these signs of depression and symptoms of depression, how long they last and what impact it has in your life.

 

Keep in mind, depression is complex and it’s not something you need to try and get over on your own.  If how you feel becomes overwhelming it’s time to seek help.

 

Common Signs of Depression

 

  • Feeling helpless and hopeless
  • Feeling nothing will ever get better 
  • Loss of interest in everyday life
  • Withdrawing from social events and friends
  • Appetite or weight changes 
  • Insomnia or oversleeping
  • Anger, irritability, restlessness
  • Everything and everyone gets on your nerves
  • Feeling fatigued and physically drained
  • Self-critical and self-loathing
  • Feeling worthless
  • Feeling guilty
  • Reckless behavior
  • Excessive drinking, gambling and other addictive habits
  • Concentration problems
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Headaches and back pain
  • Stomach and digestive issues

 

Depression and Suicide

 

Depression is a major trigger for attempting suicide.  When someone is stuck in their emotions, it blocks out all their logic and reasoning abilities.  Suicide can feel like an answer to ending these chronic feelings of depression.  Depression has the ability to transform a small, temporary problem into something overwhelming, challenging and difficult.  Getting through the day can be the biggest achievement and the biggest challenge at the same time.  

 

Escaping the emotional, psychological and physical pain of depression can be motivation enough to consider suicide.  However, this is not the answer.  Depression may seem hard to escape when you’re in it.  This is why it’s important to talk to other people and professionals who can provide alternative solutions, tools and techniques so you can take your power back.

 

If you feel suicidal please reach out to someone, now.  Don’t wait another minute. Understand everyone wants you to feel better and live a happier life.  It can get better much quicker than you think.  

 

If anyone you know has mentioned suicide, hinted at it or is acting a little strange like trying to get closure on old conflicts and telling you they love you out of the blue, it could be a cry for help or a hint at what they are thinking of doing.  Please, act now and give them your time.  Talk with them and seek professional help.  Never assume a person is joking or not serious about suicide.

 

Signs of Depression In Men

 

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Always feeling tired
  • Frequent headaches and upset stomach
  • Feeling anxious, nervous and stressed
  • Insomnia, broken sleep or oversleeping
  • Anger and impatience
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Loss of interest in hobbies 
  • Feeling numb 
  • Drinking more alcohol
  • Reckless behaviour
  • Unable to perform at work or carry out responsibilities
  • Suicidal thoughts and possible attempts

 

Men generally find it harder to recognise they have depression.  They struggle to ask for help believing they should be able to fix it themselves.

 

Signs of Depression in Women

 

  • Feeling sad and lonely
  • Crying often
  • Feeling fatigued after small amounts of energy is expended
  • Struggles to make decisions and think clearly
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless and worthless
  • Experiencing bouts of anxiety
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Insomnia and other sleeping disturbances
  • Fluctuations with eating habits of over-eating to not eating
  • Dark thoughts of death, suicide and possible suicide attempts
  • Loss of pleasure in activities that used to be pleasurable and loss interest in sex
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Low self-esteem and self-critical

 

Women are more prone to depression than men because of the fluctuations in hormones throughout life.  Taking into consideration menstruation, pregnancy and menopause that all influence women’s hormones and plays a big part in triggering depression.

 

Left untreated depression can lead to more complicated and chronic types of depression.  If you notice signs of depression in yourself or in someone you care about, take action now.  Don’t wait because depression rarely gets better without the help of a professional or a support person.  Remember people with depression don’t always realise they have it.  Simply asking someone how they are going can help a lot

 

Simply asking someone how they are going can help a lot.  Keep communication open and ask questions to keep the conversation going.  Sometimes just knowing someone cares enough to take the time out to listen can be the best therapy and can trigger the next step in treating depression.

 

If you recognise the signs of depression and need some help you can book an appointment online, we are available 7 days a week.  With the right help, you can change how depression affects you.   You can feel free to live your life, feel good again and start enjoying your days.

 

 

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Mirella DeBoni

Relationship Counselling Specialist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, #1 International Best Selling Author

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