Depression isn’t always obvious or easy to spy.
Social media and Hollywood
often depicted in its most serious stage
with raging mood swings and intense hopelessness.
But depression can range from mild to severe
and it has a habit of sneaking up on us in our everyday routines.
This is why many people often struggle with it silently
when the symptoms aren’t always so clear-cut.
Here are six signs you may have depression and not even know it.
1.You keep yourself crazy busy.
The older we get, the more natural it is for our schedules to fill up,
with duties to fulfill and chores to complete.
But when you have depression,
you are more likely to drown yourself in work.
发表于《Plus one》 期刊的一篇研究
A study published in the journal Plus One,
shows that there is a correlation between workaholism
and symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Medical doctor Sumi Lee Samuel at Timberline Knowles,
a residential treatment center in Illinois, states that
keeping busy might be a way for people to ignore or avoid painful issues
that may be contributing to or triggering their depression.
Your boss might be pleased with your work ethic
in your kitchen counter might be spic-and-span.
But we encourage you to pay close attention to your heart.
If it feels heavier than usual,
please don’t hesitate to reach out to others for help.
2.You’re hurting everywhere.
According to the Mayo Clinic,
pain and depression are closely linked and related to one another.
In many people, depression can cause unexplained physical symptoms,
such as back pain and headaches.
The reverse also holds true in which chronic pain can lead to depression,
along with various other problems,
such as difficulty sleeping, stress and low self-esteem,
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due to legal work or financial issues.
We recommend that you talk to your doctor
and seek the right treatment that works for you.
Whether it means taking medication,
using talk therapy, attending pain rehabilitation programs
or practicing stress reduction techniques.
3.You’ve either gained or lost a lot of weight.
Depression can make you swing in extremes in one direction or the other.
If you notice a difference in your appetite,
whether it’s gone down or went up,
it might have to do with the emotional pain you’re feeling.
Some people don’t feel like eating when they’re down and dejected,
whereas others who usually eat healthy might have a craving for junk food and take-out
as they try to fill up the void in their lives.
We recommend that you try healthy comfort food recipes
to keep yourself nourished with the essential nutrients
your body needs during stressful times.
4.You can’t seem to make up your mind.
Clinical psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo,
author of Better than Perfect states that psychologically when we’re depressed,
we lose gray matter that affects the parts of our brains that facilitates our motivation and decision-making.
Even the smallest decisions we make on a daily basis,
like choosing coffee or tea can be a struggle,
when we lack focus and determination.
The next time you have a hard time making a choice,
try to go with your first instinct and
know that you still have the power to turn things around
if you feel like you made the wrong decision.
5.You’re glued to your phone or computer.
Simon Rego, associate professor of clinical psychiatry
and director of psychology training at Montefiore Medical Center
states that people with depression often go on a quest for a short-term boost
as a common coping mechanism.
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Whether that means gambling, facebooking or shopping,
virtual social interactions are sought more than real ones
from those who feel depressed.
In fact, although Internet addiction and depression are separate diagnoses,
they often overlap with one another.
The next time you’re glued to your Instagram or
splurged on many pairs of designer shoes,
we encourage you to reflect and ask yourself if you’re okay.
6.The slightest things set you off.
Irritability is a common sign that most people overlook.
If you find that
you’re more impatient when you’re waiting in line at the grocery store
or get agitated when the light turns red at stoplights,
there may be more going on underneath your size and frustration.
Tyrannous is also an indicator that you may have depression.
Small issues can feel enormous when you’re depressed.
You may notice that you’re crying more easily than usual
or have trouble controlling your tears.
Depression has an odd way of overwhelming us
and instead of repressing our feelings,
we should let them out naturally
and learn not to be so hard on ourselves.
Do you think you might be struggling with depression?
We want you to know that you’re not alone
and we’re here to help you.
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