Are people keeping a wide berth because you are no longer fun to be with? Are you starting to hate being with yourself because you are so unpleasant?
People who struggle with depression often find themselves to be short-tempered in a way they weren’t before. The heaviness of the depression, the way that it makes us feel bad about ourselves and how we aren’t living our lives in any meaningful way, makes us crabby with the world in a way we aren’t normally.
So, if you are quick to anger, tell your doctor. You will be one step closer to them diagnosing situational depression, maybe.
Want to understand depression better, so that you can fight it better? Read The 8 Faces of Depression: Identifying the Types and Symptoms of Depression
5. Are you sleeping?
Are you having a hard time falling asleep? Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back asleep? Are you groggy in the morning, so groggy perhaps that it interferes with your life?
Many people who are struggling with situational depression have a hard time sleeping. A big part of the inability to sleep is from ruminating over what has happened and processing the anxiety around it as well. This leads to endless nights, in bed but not sleeping. And then maybe sleeping too much during the day, sleep that isn’t good for you.
Unfortunately, lack of sleep can be a huge contributor to, and an indication of, depression. And, the more you don’t sleep, the worse it gets and so you don’t sleep because you are worried about it and then it gets even worse.
If you find yourself staying up all night and being groggy in the morning, or sleeping all day, tell your doctor. It is important information for them to have.
Diagnosing situational depression can be a fairly easy thing for your doctor to do.
If something has recently happened to you, if you find yourself not living your life or spending time with others, if feelings of hopelessness and dread overwhelm you and you are quick to anger, tell your doctor.
Let him or her help you manage this depression so that you can get on and live a full life.
You can do it. I know the idea seems overwhelming but if you do it NOW you will be one step closer to getting the help you need.
Situational depression should never let you from living your life to the fullest. Yes, it’s done, but with the right mindset and the right treatment, this too shall pass. So, don’t be too hard on yourself and take one day at a time.
If you want to know more about situational depression, then check out this video below: