Depression: What are the signs and symptoms?

Approximately one in four people experience a mental health problem each year, according to Mind, a mental health charity in the U.K. From post-traumatic stress disorder to anxiety and depression, today’s generations suffer greatly.

However, many people are failing to recognise and act on their mental health issues for many reasons.

Some choose to ignore their problems and don’t give their thoughts and feelings the validation they deserve. Others don’t understand the help they need.

When it comes to depression, the signs and symptoms can vary significantly depending on the person.

In this article, we’ll outline what to look for when it comes to depression, and what steps you can take to improve your mental health.

Signs of depression

Depression is a silent attacker, and for many, recognising depression based on signs alone can be very difficult. In the U.K., 3.3 people for every 100 claim to experience depression on a daily basis.

It’s a common mental health condition, and it’s one that often goes unnoticed. Some signs of depression include:

Low energy

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Low energy is the side effect of many things, not just depression. However, it’s an important factor to consider when investigating whether you think someone might be depressed.

Too much sleep and an unwillingness to participate in activities are often red flags to observe.

Of course, low energy sits on a spectrum wider than someone sleeping too much. Perhaps someone is just quiet for a long period of time, or they refuse to see friends and family. If it’s a consistent change in personality, it might be time to try and help.

Irrational anger and a short temper

Irrational anger and frustration are often sure-fire signs of someone who is consistently unhappy and low in mood. If you observe a change like this in someone close to you, it might be difficult to bring up the concept of depression in a safe manner.

In severe instances, irrational anger could turn into a problem that extends further than the person in question, and sometimes family interventions are required to help someone realise their ways in a secure and safe environment.

Much like low energy levels, however, you should watch for consistent changes in personality.

Drug and alcohol abuse

Drug and alcohol abuse are very strong signs that someone might have depression. Oftentimes, people turn to substance abuse as a way to escape their current reality.

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Substance abuse is also extremely detrimental to both the person in question and their loved ones, and you should look to help someone as soon as possible.

Whether that’s by having a difficult conversation or by finding expert help, abuse of any kind is often a clear sign of depression.

Social withdrawal and a lack of interest

Depression often brings with it the connotations of worthlessness and the feeling of being unloved. As a result, many people who are depressed withdraw from their social circles because they feel like they’re ‘in the way’ or ‘not wanted’.

We all require balance in our lives, and withdrawal from our friends and family members can result in severe consequences. This is a clear sign to watch for.

Symptoms of depression

There are many symptoms that come with feeling depressed. It’s not always a case of acknowledging a feeling of low mood. Some people turn to food and comfort eat, others react by losing their appetite altogether.

In many cases, people brush off depression as a feeling of guilt or grief. While it can sometimes feel similar, if these symptoms are ongoing, they should be given more weight.

Some symptoms of depression include:

Anxiety

Anxiety is a common feeling that comes with depression. If you’re feeling unsettled, restless and self-conscious for a long period, it might be time to question your mental state and make strides in trying to help yourself.

Today’s digitally caffeinated society does little in the way of reducing the feeling of anxiety, and a good first step to reducing this feeling is to avoid social media and reduce your coffee intake. If you’re still anxious, consider seeking professional help.

Tearfulness

We all get tearful from time to time. If this feeling is part of your daily routine, however, it might be time to ask why.

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Needing to cry is no bad thing. It’s oftentimes a cathartic release and means that we feel better for it afterwards, but it shouldn’t be a common occurrence.

If you find yourself consistently feeling on the verge of tears, it could be because you are feeling depressed.

Unexplained aches and pains

With depression comes apathy, and when we feel apathetic and low in energy, we often throw our exercise routines out the window. Unfortunately, this is conducive with greater feelings of depression and unhappiness, and our physicality suffers.

Your mind controls how your body feels, and depression can sometimes cause us to feel more aches and pains than usual because we’re thinking of negative things more often.

Inability to manage day-to-day activities

If you’re constantly feeling overwhelmed, unproductive and like you’re lighting more fires than you’re putting out, it might because of depression.

An inability to manage your day-to-day activities is a clear sign that you’re unhappy in your present situation and mindset, and it might be time to do something about it.

Seek professional help for depression

A big challenge that comes with depression is realising that we do in fact need help. Because we feel low in mood, unproductive and we begin to withdraw from our social circles, and it takes a lot of effort and energy to pull ourselves out of a negative headspace, one where accepting help is the right long-term choice to make.

But, it’s often these hard decisions that help us realise that we needed help all along, and talking to someone can be extremely cathartic and emotionally stimulating for many reasons.

If you feel you or a loved one needs help with depression, be sure to contact an expert at Camino Recovery.

Even if it’s for a quick chat, we’re always on-hand to help.


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