It can be easy to identify the more obvious signs of depression but what happens when the symptoms are subtler? In many cases some symptoms are so subtle that they are ignored or explained off as just feeling a bit ‘off colour’ or ‘under the weather’.
It may indeed be just the onset of a cold or the result of eating something that did not quite agree with you but for the sake of your own health and wellbeing be sure to check your symptoms against our list below.
Suffering with Pain
Shockingly, up to seventy-five percent of those who suffer with depression also suffer with pain which can in many cases be chronic and recurring. One study in Canada reported that depression sufferers have four times more chance of pain in the lower area of the back and in the neck particularly. Depression and pain go hand in hand as your body is more sensitive to outside stimulus when you are feeling down.
Although in some cases those who are depressed tend to lose weight, the majority of those who suffer with depression are known to gain weight. Whilst eating temporarily serves as a way of making us feel a sense of ‘false happiness’ the long-term effects can increase feelings of being down in the dumps especially as lethargy kicks in and we no longer fit into our clothes and don’t feel good about the way we look. Ultimately this will add to the initial problem and instead of just feeding our faces we also feed our depression. This can lead to other problems when you start to lose interest in your appearance and cannot be bothered with the basics each day like brushing your teeth, getting dressed, taking a shower or even combing your hair.
Those suffering with depression can tend to snap at the smallest thing. We all get grumpy from time to time if we are feeling tired or unwell but when it becomes the ‘norm’ to bite people’s heads off and be irritated and impatient about the slightest thing it is definitely worth checking as to what is fuelling these feelings as the longer they go on the more intense they can get and it is easy to lose sight of how intense your feelings of anger and hostility have become not just with others but also with yourself.
When you can’t seem to motivate yourself to even get out of bed in the morning or when hearing a funny joke or watching something that would normally make you happy just leaves you feeling indifferent and zombie like, then these are tell-tale signs of depression. Those closest to you suffer the most and will struggle to help you help yourself as you tend to be unresponsive to their very efforts to help you.
Whilst a couple of drinks can be a great form of escapism, over drinking can add to depression and a lack of self-worth. It’s a well-known fact that alcohol itself is a natural depressant when consumed in excess and if that one or 2 glass evening tipple is turning into a drinking session it could be a sign that there are underlying issues that need addressing.
It is not only alcohol and other drugs that can be the route of addictions. Many people suffering from depression can be obsessed with online games, gambling, Facebook or anything ‘virtual’ where they don’t actually have to have human interaction or as a substitute if feeling lonely and craving interaction.
You are ‘Away with The Fairies’
Having dreams and goals and imagining a positive future are all great in terms of creativity and mood boosting but when your days are spent thinking about others and the things you don’t have or how other people’s lives are so much better or even making personal derogatory comparisons, this form of day dreaming can be very destructive and take us away from the here and now. Studies show that being in the present moment is generally a more positive mindset and spending too much time trying to escape reality is also a sign associated with depression.
One or more of these symptoms on their own is not necessarily a sign you are suffering from depression although if they are severe it could very well be the onset. If reading this article, you can relate to a number of these symptoms and have a general feeling that you are losing a sense of yourself and you are acting differently to how you normally would the you could be suffering from depression. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of and everyone gets low at some time in their life.
If you are worried about the symptoms described here then we advise you to seek advice from a medical professional. Sometimes readdressing a chemical imbalance is all that is needed to bring you back to the happier old you.