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Signs to Know if You Have Depression

Signs of Depression”

Depression is among the most common human illnesses, but it receives far less attention than it deserves. Depression is sometimes misunderstood as a mild, transitory condition. Feeling blue, sorrowful, gloomy, downcast, or discontent are all emotions that people can experience.

Chronic depression is significantly more serious than these diluted “mood swings.” This is mostly related to the severity and duration of the mood swings, as well as the extent to which they affect day-to-day functioning.

You aren’t “Fine” at all

Depressed people are skilled at convincing others that they are “fine” in a world where we are pressured to be (or pretend to be) happier than we are.

They’ve mastered the art of deception, it’s safe to say. With their brilliant starry sky, golden sunsets, and stunning northern lights, it’s easy to see why. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. Instead, their skies are dominated by pregnant clouds, thunderbolts, and lightning strikes.

Noticeable signs and symptoms to tell if you have depression

Feelings of Hopelessness and Worthlessness

In depression, feelings of shame, worthlessness, and unworthiness of love are widespread. These emotions keep leading you down a dark rabbit hole of melancholy, loneliness, and self-pity.

You may experience feelings of shame or guilt that are considerably beyond what is realistic. They also leave you with a pessimistic attitude on life, as well as feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness.

While these sentiments are incredibly powerful and alluring, they are also deceptive and wrong.

Crippling Anxiety

Anxiety, agitation, and irritability are common symptoms of depression. These symptoms can take the form of dreadful terror, panic, or paranoia.

You may be unconsciously ignoring good news and discounting anything nice and beneficial. Instead, you’re prone to focusing on things that could be depressing and discouraging.

This can produce issues at work, at home, or in established relationships.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

As a scapegoat for your unshakeable gloomy feelings, you may turn to drugs and alcohol. These poisonous chemicals are employed to drown out your uncontrollable negative thoughts.

Our mental and physical health are both affected by alcoholism and drug addiction. Your ability to make healthy judgments is harmed by the intoxication that comes with it. This, in turn, leads to a life that is both debilitating and life-threatening.

Change in appetite and diet

When you’re depressed, you may feel compelled to “consume your feelings,” or you may opt to “starve them.” Because people use food as a coping technique, a sudden change in diet can lead to broader problems like obesity.

Stress, on the other hand, might contribute to bad eating habits and weight loss. Depression leads to eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia.

Both extreme lifestyles can result in bodily ailments as well as a negative sense of self-worth.

Suicidal Thoughts

On the surface, those who are contemplating suicide appear to be happy and well-adjusted. However, it is their ticking time bomb thoughts that cause them to die young.

You might shift your perspective of the world at this point. Helplessness and hopelessness begin to pervade your thoughts. Hopelessness leads to a search for forgiveness in the afterlife, resulting in a premature death.

This, on the other hand, should not be the case. Many of the millions of people who suffer from depression are able to overcome it. You may be one of them.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, there’s no shame in asking for help. It’s no more your fault if you’re depressed than it is if you’ve had the illness.

Sleep disorders

You might have insomnia, which is a sleep disorder that impacts our sleep quality. It is characterized by restless nights that endure for an extended length of time, making it chronic. Stress, anxiety, or past trauma can all contribute to this physical, emotional, and psychological battle.

Some depression symptoms can swing in either direction. You could be suffering from insomnia or sleeping too much and not feeling refreshed.

Hypersomnia, often known as lengthy sleeping, is defined as sleeping more than 9 hours per night, which is more than your body requires. Oversleeping can be a sign of sadness, as it makes you feel drowsy, languid, and unmotivated.

Diminished Interest and Enjoyment 

Depression is defined as the inability to enjoy what you naturally enjoy and find enjoyable. Painting, traveling, pleasant company, and even lovemaking can become monotonous and uninteresting after a while.

When you begin to adopt a sedentary lifestyle, this occurs. Stress and worry are to blame for these poor lifestyle choices. They lower your energy levels and considerably hinder your capacity to work regularly.

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