Depression is a serious illness that an estimated 10% of the US suffer from. The main issue with depression is that many sufferers aren’t aware that they suffer from depression until medically diagnosed, despite having a majority of the following symptoms. This article will discuss the top 9 hidden signs that you might have depression that you aren’t aware of.
A constant lack of energy or feeling drained
One of the top signs that depression is prolific is the fact that you may be suffering from a severe lack of energy constantly which can leave you feeling drained and unmotivated to do anything with your day.
This may only come about in a high dose after eating, which is a common occurrence, but with depression the feeling is often heightened, making you feel exhausted instead of a little tired.
If you can relate to this, it may be ideal to consult your doctor, if only for precautionary reasons.
One of the most obvious signs of depression which plays a part on how you perform day to day tasks is the lack of concentration you experience on a daily basis.
This may become obvious whilst at work or school when they lack the motivation (discussed next) or concentration to perform your duties, making it hard to progress through your life.
This problem can start off small but often excels further to when you can’t bring yourself to even read an SMS or look at your phone to check for calls.
Lack of motivation
A significant lack of motivation to perform the simplest of tasks can be a good indicator as to whether or not you may be suffering from depression.
This may come about when you attempt to do the smallest day to day tasks and can’t bring yourself to do them.
Sometimes this may be an instant thing whereby you wake up one morning after a trigger (something that may cause your depression to onset) and then lose all motivation you may have had previously.
Sleeping pattern changes
Insomnia or the inability to stop needing sleep may also indicate that you have depression. Your sleeping pattern changes when the chemical balances in your brain which can then alter the way you sleep.
Depression has many side effects with the inability to sleep being one of them, but you may also lack the effort to get yourself out of bed due to not seeing the point. If this is the case, consult your doctor.
The way you eat changes in the same way as your sleeping pattern does. It’s directly influenced by the chemical changes in your brain caused by the onset of depression, meaning that you may not want to eat at all whilst depressed or feel as though you’re constantly hungry and can’t go without food every minute.
Withdrawal and isolation
Depression can play on your emotions and cause you to struggle to want to socialise with your family, friends or even leave your bedroom/house.
Depression can often leave the sufferer feeling as though they’re unwanted or a burden on other people when they’re around them, meaning that they will often stop going out all together to negate this entirely.
Back and muscle pain are common signs of depression and should not be ignored as a simple ache in the morning after a strange sleeping position.
If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms of depression, it may be worth looking into seeing a doctor in regards to your back and muscle pain with a possible link to depression.
This may also be caused by other medical conditions or a recent accident, so don’t instantly link physical pain to depression.
Restlessness and irritability
Sometimes your anger levels may start to rise throughout your day which may be a clear indicator of depression.
If you’re usually a calm person but suffer from temper problems all of a sudden, alongside an assortment of the above issues, it may be due to depression.
Often the most associated symptom of depression is suicidal thoughts, self-harm and the urge to die. For whatever reason you may have, this is not a rational state of mind and can be dangerous to yourself and those around you.
If you’ve began to experience suicidal thoughts or the need to end your own life for personal reasons, please take the time to consult your doctor and seek professional support for this.