5. Anger & impatience.
Do you find yourself quick to anger or impatient with those you love more than you used to?
Are your co-workers complaining because you are difficult to work with? Is your husband staying away because your irritation with him has grown? Do you find the kid’s bedtime routine can enrage you in a way that it hasn’t before?
Being more angry and impatient than usual can be one of the signs of depression and seeking help will be important before that anger harms your life and your relationships.
One of major signs of depression is that tendency to isolate.
When we are depressed, the idea of spending time with other people is almost unbearable. The thought of interacting with people in any way fills us with such a feeling of hopelessness and dread that we just can’t do it.
Ironically, one of the best coping skills for managing depression is to spend time with those you love, to laugh and live and push that depression to the side, if only for a while.
Are you finding yourself wanting to keep away from others more than usual? If you do, you could be depressed and I encourage you to get help before your isolation makes everything worse.
One of the biggest signs of depression but one of the hardest to spot is self-loathing.
People who are depressed, people who are hopeless, listless, angry and isolated, are people who don’t like themselves.
They don’t like the behaviors they are displaying, the hurt they are causing people, the lack of interest in things that make them happy. They feel bad because getting up off the coach is truly impossible and what a loser they must be.
Furthermore, because there is such a stigma around depression, people who are depressed blame themselves for their mind set. They believe it when people tell them to Suck it up or Snap out of it.
They believe that, because they can’t manage their mood, they are in fact a loser.
And believing that you are a loser will only exacerbates your depression.
So, if you are struggling with your self-esteem right now, in a way that you haven’t before, then you could very well be depressed.
I want you to know, very clearly, that this depression is NOT your fault. It is something that has happened because of a chemical change or a life occurrence. It’s not something that you can just brush off. But it is something that you can deal with by seeking help.
So, do it!
Noticing the signs of depression is a key part of accepting that you might be depressed.
An important part of managing your depression is accepting it and you can more easily do that by looking out for the signs.
So, notice if you are feeling hopeless, have a change in your sleeping patterns, if you have no energy or interest in doing things, if you are quick to anger and you if really don’t like yourself.
The quicker that you seek treatment, the easier your depression will be to manage.
I struggled my whole life with depression but wasn’t diagnosed until I was 42. Think of all of the life that I wasted being sad. Don’t let that be you!
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