Here are 10 warning signs of depression you need to know.
A lot of people define depression in different ways. Some see it as feeling absolutely nothing, empty, just floating, others describe depression as living in a black hole. Men, in particular, can be angry and restless.
Whichever you choose to describe depression, one thing is constant - the feeling is unpleasant. Like any other illness, if it is left to fester, it can cause major damage that will affect every part of your life. Being depressed can be hard but when you begin to feel the blues, it is important to remember that those feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are not the reality of your situation but a feeling.
If you have doubts as regards the state of your mental health, here are possible red flags that could maybe confirm it.
1. Loss of interest in any activity
It is not as if you cannot do it, you just do not want to. You do not want to eat, sleep, have a bath, even get out of bed. You do not care anymore about your hobbies, or social engagement, or even sex. You have lost the ability to feel joy and pleasure.
2. Drop or spike in appetite or weight changes.
Significant weight loss or weight gain may be a red flag, especially if your body is experiencing a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month.
3. Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
Once your optimism dies down completely and you begin to look at life bleakly, you might be depressed. If you are thinking nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing you can do to improve your situation, you need to check yourself.
4. Change in sleeping pattern
Without provocation, if there is a change in your sleep pattern, either insomnia ( inability to sleep) or oversleeping for no reason, you are probably suffering from depression.
5. Mood swings
You have become easily angered or irritable, feeling agitated, restless and sometimes violent. Your tolerance level is at an all-time low, your temper is short, and everything and everyone gets on your last nerves.
6. Loss of energy
When you constantly feel tired, slow, and physically drained, you are probably depressed. Your whole body may feel heavy and even small tasks are exhausting or take longer to complete.
This involves strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt. You put yourself down for perceived faults and mistakes.
8. Unexplained aches and pains
An increase in physical complaints, including headaches, back pain, aching muscles, and stomach pain.
9. Reckless behaviour
You engage in self-harming behaviours such as substance abuse, crossing the road haphazardly, compulsive gambling, reckless driving, or dangerous sports.
10. Concentration problems
You have trouble focusing, making decisions, or remembering things.
If you believe that you have symptoms of depression, do not hesitate to speak to a doctor or a mental health professional. These professionals can help make a diagnosis and recommend a course of treatment.