Depression is more than just a low mood. It is a global mental health issue which requires immediate medical notice.
Are you wondering what signs of depression look like?
Are you feeling not yourself and wondering if you are depressed?
Below a list of 7 warning signs of depression that are important for you to know right now!
The earlier you diagnose depression, the easier it is to treat.
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness?
When you think about the future are you filled with dread because your future looks so bleak?
When we are depressed, looking to the future in a positive way is literally impossible. When we are depressed it’s hard to imagine that we will ever feel any differently than we do right now so the idea that the future might be bright is impossible to imagine.
It’s important that we recognize that hopelessness is one of the signs of depression because hopelessness is one of most insidious signs of depression because it can lead to thoughts of suicide.
So, understand that your hopelessness is in your head because of your depression and that seeking help is the best thing you can do to manage it.
2. Changes in sleeping patterns.
Are you having trouble sleeping? Are you sleeping way more than you used to?
Changes in sleeping patterns is one of the major signs of depression. We sleep less because we often lie awake with thoughts of hopelessness and dread keeping us up.
On the other hand, we sleep more because our body feels heavy and our mind is tired and sleep is the ultimate escape, if only for a bit.
If your sleep patterns have changed, recognize that it is one of the signs of depression and seek treatment.
3. Lack of interest.
Are the things that have always made you happy things that you now find unthinkable to do?
I know when I get depressed doing things that I have always loved to do, like hiking or reading or life coaching, are almost impossible. Instead, I lay around and watch TV and shut myself off from the things that make me happy.
And lying around watching TV actually sinks me into a deeper depression then I had before. Ironic, no?
So, if you are struggling to do the things that you love, you might be suffering from depression and it’s time to seek help.
One of the easiest signs of depression to notice is a distinct listlessness.
Do you have less energy than you used to? Does getting off the couch or out of bed seem simply impossible?
I always say that my depression is a 100 lb gorilla on my back, one who comes along with me doing my everyday day tasks but who makes doing them way more difficult because of it’s weight
So, if you are struggling more than before with having the energy to live your life, you might be depressed and, again, seeking help would be a good idea.