Do you often feel sad or lose interest in things that you usually love doing? Do you hate to get out of bed and go to work or follow your routine? Do you ever feel that you are not worth it or not good enough?
Well, if you experience such emotions more often, then there are chances that you might be struggling with depression. However, before jumping to any conclusions, you must know that being unhappy does not mean that you are depressed. Depression is much more complicated than you think it is.
So, if you have a feeling that you or any loved one might be struggling with depression, then read through these warning signs. These symptoms will help you decide whether to book a session with a mental health expert or not.
1. Helpless outlook
Depression is a cruel disease that holds the power to change the way you look at life in general. Having a helpless, hopeless outlook on life is one of the most common symptoms of depression.
Some other common feelings may include guilt, self-hate, and worthlessness. The common recurring thoughts among people who suffer from depression are “It’s all my fault,” “I am not good enough,” or “What’s the point of explaining myself.”
2. Increased fatigue and disturbed sleep
One of the reasons why people with depression stop doing things they generally enjoy is because they feel tired almost all the time. Depression often hits with a lack of energy and extreme fatigue. Sometimes, this may even result in excessive sleeping.
Not only does depression result in excessive sleeping, but it may also cause insomnia. Many people with depression find it difficult to sleep, and even if they do, it is never quality sleep.
In most of the cases, depression and anxiety occur together. A few commonly shared symptoms of anxiety include rapid breathing or loss of breath, increased heart rate, heavy sweating, restlessness, a feeling of panic or danger, and muscle twitching.
4. Weight and appetite fluctuations
Weight and appetite fluctuation is a common symptom among people suffering from depression. However, the experience may vary. Some people will have an increased appetite and may end up gaining weight while others don’t feel hungry and end up losing weight.
To see if the dietary changes are caused by depression, see if they are intentional or not. If they are not, it might be due to depression.
5. Uncontrollable emotions
Did it ever happen to you? One moment it’s an outburst of anger and the next moment you are crying the hell out of your eyes. Depression can cause extreme mood swings because you don’t have a hold over your emotions.
6. Suicidal thoughts
Depression is often linked with suicide and suicide is one of the leading causes of death around the world. People with depression often consider committing suicide since they look at death as the last resort.
The final say
Depression affects millions of lives every year and there are different treatments available for the same. If you feel that you or any of your loved ones are exhibiting the symptoms mentioned above, seek professional help as soon as you can.
Always remember that however we combat this evil, we don't deserve to suffer.