5 Hidden Signs of Depression

5 Hidden Signs of Depression

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease, and more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression with more women being affected by depression than men.
People often think that just like the movies depict it, depression is obvious and can be easily seen through a person’s countenance when in fact, a lot of people really have just mastered the art of pretence; smiling on the outside while hurting inside. And while there’s this, there’s also the fact that it is possible for you to be depressed and not know that you are. So here are 5 hidden signs of depression:

1.Irregular Eating and Sleeping Patterns
These are two of the most affected things. A person suffering from depression either sleeps/eats too much or too little. They find that their sleeping and eating patterns are altered and not consistent.

2.Highly Philosophical
People going through depression usually find themselves having deep conversations about life and death, life’s real purpose, and other deep philosophical thoughts. They often feel unmotivated, lost, incompetent, scared, and have a tendency to contemplate life’s uncertainties.

3.You’re Losing Your Calm
People suffering depression don’t always have to look all gloomy and dejected. Another sign of depression is if you find yourself getting more and more unnecessarily irritable and mad at people. If you constantly find yourself frustrated and impatient with people around you, then you need to seek professional help, your depression might have escalated.

4.Trouble with Abandonment
People who are depressed find it difficult to talk to someone about what they’re actually going through. They’re scared of being vulnerable because they fear the people that they open up to might not be there for them when they need them.

5.Habitual Remedies
This is when you repeatedly do something/act in a particular manner, like listening to music, exercising, or generally doing your favourite hobbies with the aim of distracting yourself from the pain you feel. Finding yourself making extra changes to your lifestyle can be an indication that you’re struggling more than normal.

Do any of these signs sound like you? Then you should seek professional advice. Therapy and medication can help with depression. Speak to someone about how and what you feel, because honestly, you cannot fight depression alone, and no one should have to fight it alone.

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