Depression can come in many different disguises but all have very subtle signs. Do you know that almost 6.7% of all Americans will experience depression at some time in their lives? Depression can range from quite mild to very serious levels but all forms can be easily diagnosed.
Let’s look at some of the different signs you might want to look for if you think you or someone you know might have a problem with depression.
Becoming Angry Without Warning:
Although some people who suffer from depression feel overwhelmed, there are some who, for no apparent reason, will strike out at others without any warning. Even the smallest of things become a major irritation which is followed by an outburst of shouting or yelling.
Problems Going To Sleep Or Sleeping Too Much:
Some people who suffer from depression will find it very difficult to sleep. Their minds are racing a mile an hour thinking about their inadequacies or believe they have done something wrong but have no idea what.
Then there are those at the opposite end of the scale, they just want to sleep non-stop. Their depression leaves them feeling the only peace they can find is when they are asleep.
Some of these victims will always wake up late or struggle just to get through the day. Their job and their personal lives end up suffering as well. When it’s time to return home, they just can’t wait to go back to sleep!
Riddled With Guilt:
Symptoms of feeling guilt is a very subtle sign and can actually go unnoticed for quite some time. Many people who are victims of depression will become riddled with guilt for a number of things including situations with family and friends, a recent divorce, or not being able to pay their bills.
The feeling of guilt is usually with them all the time and the reason of guilt can also change. These people are constantly feeling they are always useless or worthless.
Unable To Concentrate:
Many people with depression have a very difficult time concentrating and remaining focused on just about anything. If at work, their minds wander and they just can’t get their work done. Little projects feel like mountains to climb.
Others are always misplacing things on a regular basis such as their car keys. Depression can make it very difficult to remember some of the most basic things, like forgetting their car keys when they walk out the door, cannot find their cell phone they just used 5 minutes ago, and the list goes on. If this is you or someone you know, it could be the onslaught of depression.
Everyday Aches And Pains:
We all have times when we suffer from aches and pains caused by working out too much, mowing the lawn, or the simple signs of getting older. On the other hand, this can also be a sign of depression.
There is a very strong connection between your mental health and your body that can lead to aches and pains on a daily basis. These aches and pains can prevent you from doing simple daily routines such as household chores or not being able to participate in social activities.
Again, most of us will have aches and pains from time to time, but if you suffer every single day this could be a sign of depression.
Signs of depression can be very subtle making it difficult to figure out if you have a certain medical issue going on such as coming down with a cold or something more serious. If you are going through one or more of these signs on a regular basis with no apparent reason why- it’s important you reach out for help.
Depression should never, ever be ignored. Depression is one of the leading causes of suicides. If you’re suffering, you can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255