It was seen that as you attain maturity the joy of being independent cannot be enjoyed much and the troubles start pulling you towards itself. You start taking stress in your life and so stress takes a big toll on you. Stress can be of many types, like, your girlfriend/boyfriend denied your proposal or your boss chews you out or a car hits a puddle or a car dashes dirty water all over you. It’s a bad day, but it’s only one day. But depression, which affects most of us, doesn’t go away with a flip of the calendar. Its symptoms usually persist for two weeks or more and do not diminish without treatment.
What indicates depression?
Most of the people think that only ‘feeling sad’ is a symptom of depression. The fact is, every person experiences depression differently, and some may experience more symptoms than others. Moreover to say, quite often depression goes unrecognized, and those affected by it are forced to suffer in silence and in melancholy. Let us check some of the ways to recognize the most common symptoms of depression. It may be seen in you, your friends or family members.
1Hopelessness as a sign of depression
One of the worst symptoms of depression is a feeling of hopelessness, says an expert. Feelings of hopelessness can discourage people from seeking treatment for their depression. Those suffering from extreme hopelessness may not believe that they will ever feel better. This explains that why some attempt suicide, believing it to be their only way out. Some experts believe hopelessness to contribute to the development of depression. For many people with depression, feelings of hopelessness are cultivated over time. They might have a history of failures. These failures may be either real or imagined, and self-criticism can also play a large role in the latter.
2Anger and irritability
Often, when depressed, people report feeling agitated, restless or even violent, explains a psychiatrist from London. But anger is not only a symptom of depression, it’s also a possible contributor to more depression. When anger is left unaddressed it can lead to passive-aggressive behavior. It can be self-destructive and further contribute to feelings of depression. When anyone is experiencing aggression, hostility or just a “short fuse”, they discuss conflicts with others to work toward a possible resolution. You can consult a counselor or therapist. They prove helpful in sorting through feelings of anger or resentment and coming up with constructive ways of dealing with them.
We all have an inner critic. For people who are depressed, this critical inner voice can have a powerful and destructive influence on their state of mind. It may be feeding them a distorted commentary on their lives. As seen with Liam, an IT employee, who was intelligent enough to deal with different situations, was tortured and humiliated badly for his promotions. Then he started blaming himself of all the bad that has happened till now and was referred to a psychiatrist due to his critical medical condition. It is to be mentioned here that you can pay attention to how often you or anyone else uses the word “should,” because it is indicative how you are handling the situations around you. Learn how to combat that self-criticism with positive self-talk.
4Loss of interest
Losing interest in three-hour long meetings and work deadlines is one thing, but with depression, people can lose interest in things they typically enjoy, such as movies, sports, and time spent with friends, says a psychologist. “Loss of interest in pleasurable activities is a common component of depression and is referred to as anhedonia.” This loss of interest may be due to changes in the levels of reward-regulating hormones and neurotransmitters. It’s a self-destructive cycle that can be difficult for people suffering from depression to break. A loss of interest can exacerbate feelings of isolation, leading to further depression. We should enjoy the passing moment in the most wonderful manner. Although the thought of sadness or grievances attack your back, you can still make out 4 out of 5 such situations.
5Significant Weight Changes
Depression can do a number on a scale. Many people lose interest in eating because they no longer enjoy food at the depressed state. On the other hand, they may eat in conscious or unconscious attempt to improve their mood. In fact, eating foods rich in carbohydrates can temporarily promote the synthesis of the feel-good chemical serotonin in the brain. What’s more, depression-induced inactivity can also contribute to weight gain. If a person experiences a change in body weight of more than five percent in a month, medical attention is necessary.
6Changes in Sleep Habits
According to one review published in one of the journals, about three-quarters of the people with depression suffer from insomnia. They suffer from feelings like constant fears, anxiety and ruminating. It will lead to difficulties with staying or falling asleep. Many people have their way to compensate for poor sleep by hitting the snooze button, taking naps or guzzling coffee in the afternoon or evening. It can make falling asleep at night, even more, difficult. And, like many symptoms of depression, poor sleep only makes depression worse. According to the same study, about 40 percent of depressed young adults sleep excessively when depressed. Typically, depressed individuals who sleep away their days are using sleep to escape from their problems. So, one can conclude to resort to natural and good sleep at night, and for that all the guidelines from a health expert or physician or psychiatrist if need be resorted to.
7Fatigue and aches
Depression can seriously take it out of you. “Depressed peoples’ bodies act as though they are under constant stress. It can lead to inflammation, which in turn can contribute to feelings of fatigue.” Even if they don’t realize they are depressed, most people suffering from depression will complain of feeling tired, sluggish and physically drained, says a psychiatrist. In many cases, it has led to ulcer and a type of ‘peptic ulcer’. This ulcer does not allow to have good food and further damage the regimen. But, since these same people often experience sleep disturbances, the symptoms can be easy to explain away. What’s more, poor sleep can exacerbate feelings of fatigue and grogginess. In some cases, this fatigue can manifest itself through slurred speech, poor reaction times and slowed-down walking, gestures and other movements.
What’s more, depression can affect howleading to pain being perceived in the brain. Pain signals from the body that are normally blunted or diverted can instead be amplified. “People who are depressed also tend to have a lot of negative self-focused attention. So they might be more likely to notice pain sensations and concentrate on them, which can make the perception of pain even worse.
8Check these points to overcome your depression.
- Make yourself a fancy dinner, maybe invite someone over.
- Take a bath or a perfumed bubble bath.
- Mess around on the computer.
- Rent comedy videos.
- Go for a long walk.
- Listen to your favorite songs and melodious music.
- Dancing. Alone in your house or out with a friend.
- Eat well. Try to alternate foods you like with salads or juices.
- Spend some time playing with a child.
- Buy yourself a gift.
- Phone a friend.
- Read the newspaper comics page.
- Do something unexpectedly nice for someone.
- Do something nice for yourself.
- Go outside and look at the sky.
- Call somebody who deserve to be helped and give them what you can and find the pleasure of giving may erase a lot of ‘negative’ things out of you.
In this way, on a day-to-day basis, separate from, or concurrently with therapy or medication, we all have our own methods for getting through the worst times as best we can. Now closing with this last note: “Suicide doesn’t kill people, sadness kill them.”