Why do you feel hopeless now?
7 early signs of depression to look out for in your life
Are you wondering what the signs of depression are? Have you not been feeling like yourself lately and wondering if you are depressed?
Here is a list of 7 warning signs of depression that you should be able to spot right away! The earlier you diagnose depression, the easier it is to treat it.
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness? Do you feel scared when you think about your future because it looks so bleak?
When we are depressed, it is literally impossible to look positively into the future. In a state of depression, it is hard to imagine that we will ever feel any different than we do now, so the idea that the future may be bright is impossible.
It is important that we realize that hopelessness is one of the signs of depression because hopelessness is one of the most insidious signs of depression because it can lead to thoughts of suicide.
So it's important to understand that the hopelessness in your head is caused by your depression, and that seeking help is the best thing you can do to manage it.
2. Change in sleep behavior
Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you sleep a lot more than you used to?
Changes in sleep behavior are one of the most important signs of depression. We sleep less because thoughts of hopelessness and fear keep us awake.
On the other hand, we sleep more because our bodies feel heavy and our minds are tired and sleep is the ultimate escape, if only for a while.
If your sleeping habits have changed, know that it is one of the signs of depression and seek therapy.
3. Lack of interest
Do you find it difficult, even impossible, to do the things that have always made you happy?
I know when I'm depressed I am unable to do things I've always loved to do, like hiking or reading. Instead, I lie around and watch TV and stay away from the things that make me happy.
And lying around and watching TV actually plunges me into a deeper depression than I had before. Ironic, isn't it?
So if you are struggling to do the things you love, you may be depressed and it is time to seek help.
One of the mildest signs of depression is extreme listlessness.
Do you have less energy than before? Does it just seem impossible to get off the couch or get out of bed?
I always say that my depression is having a 50-pound gorilla on my back, one that comes with me and does my daily chores, but that makes it much more difficult because of its weight.
So if you are struggling more than before to find the energy to live your life, you may be depressed and, once again, it would be a good idea to seek help.
5. Anger & impatience
Do you get angry or impatient with those you love more than you used to?
Do your co-workers complain that you are difficult to work with? Does your husband stay away because you are too irritated by him? Do you find that the child's bedtime routine can upset you in ways that it couldn't before?
Being angry and impatient than usual can be a sign of depression, and it's important to seek help before that anger harms your life and relationships.
A major sign of depression is a tendency towards isolation.
When we're depressed, the idea of hanging out with other people is almost unbearable. The thought of interacting with people in any way fills us with such a feeling of hopelessness and fear that we just can't make it.
Ironically, one of the best skills for managing depression is spending time with those you love, laughing and living and setting that depression aside, if only for a while.
Do you want to stay away from others more than usual? If you do, you might feel depressed, and I encourage you to get help before your isolation makes things worse.
One of the biggest signs of depression, but one of the hardest to spot, is self-loathing.
People who are depressed, people who are hopeless, listless, angry and isolated are people who don't like themselves.
They don't like the behavior they display, the pain they inflict on people, the lack of interest in the things that make them happy. They feel bad because it is really impossible to get off the coach and they keep repeating in their head what a loser they must be.
Also, because there is such a stigma surrounding depression, people who are depressed blame themselves for the way they think. They believe the people who tell them to pull themselves together.
They believe that because they cannot control their mood, they are in reality losers.
And believing that you are a loser will only make your depression worse.
So, if you are struggling with your self-esteem now, in a way you didn't know before, then you could very well be depressed.
I want you to know very clearly that this depression is NOT your fault.
It is something that happened due to a chemical change or a life event. It's not something that can be easily shed. But it's something to deal with by finding help.
So do it!
Recognizing the signs of depression is an important part of realizing and accepting that you may be depressed.
An important part of managing your depression is accepting it, and you can do that more easily by paying attention to the signs.
So, notice when you are feeling hopeless, when you have a change in your sleep patterns, when you have no energy or interest in doing things, when you get angry easily, and when you really don't like yourself.
The sooner you get treatment, the easier it will be to manage your depression.
I struggled with depression all my life but wasn't diagnosed until I was 42. Think about all the life I've wasted being sad Don't let this happen to you too!
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