Feeling unhappy or sad isn’t the same thing as depression – everyone alive will be sad sometimes. Depression is often thrown around to mean just typical sadness, but the truth is that depression (also known as clinical depression or major depressive disorder) is an actual mental health condition.
Sometimes it can be very difficult determining if what you are experiencing is indeed depression or just continued sadness. We have put together a helpful list of symptoms and signs that you may indeed by suffering from depression.
How do I know if I’m depressed?
Depression is more than just sadness in the moment, it is also overwhelming sadness about the future. If you are depressed, you feel hopeless and helpless about the state of your life and where it is going. This also includes feeling like worthlessness or guilt, often manifesting in intrusive thoughts like, “This is all my fault.”
Lack of Interest
Depression can make anything unenjoyable, even things that you used to consider pleasurable, like sports, hobbies, or social activities.
With depression, you may find you feel an overwhelming sense of fatigue and an overall lack of energy. This can lead you to, paradoxically, sleep either too much or too little.
Depression and anxiety sometimes co-occur. Anxiety symptoms can include feelings of nervousness or danger, increased heart rate and rapid breathing, and difficulty focusing.
Appetite and Weight Changes
This manifests differently in different people. For some people, this means increased appetite and weight gain, but in others it becomes decreased appetite and weight loss.
How do I treat my depression?
Depression is an incredibly isolating disorder that makes you think you have to solve all your problems completely on your own. In truth, there are lots of people and places you can turn to for support: friends, family, therapy, a doctor, a support group, etc.
The most important part of this step is to learn to take advantage of the resources around you that can help you get better.
Have Some Fun
Because depression makes old hobbies unenjoyable, this is not as easy it may seem. Getting even a little bit out of your comfort zone can be a daunting task, but to get out of it every now and then is essential for your mental wellbeing.
Engaging in hobbies and social activities also reduces stress which can strengthen your resolve against depressive symptoms.
Watch Your Physical Health
Mental health and physical health are deeply connected to one another. Aim for around eight hours of sleep each night, eat healthy meals, and practice techniques like meditation or yoga to find relaxation.
There is no shame in seeking treatment for any condition, but especially depression. No one else can see the pain or suffering you experience as you do, so the only person who can decide if you need treatment or not is you.
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