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Depression 101: 11 Symptoms of Depression

Maybe you have been feeling a little blue – but how do you distinquish between a case of the blues and depression? Sometimes, when we understand more about the symptoms of depression, we can find solutions.

Struggling with Depression

If you have ever felt yourself spiraling down into a sad state of mind, it could be in direct relation to a life event. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have depression. True depression does not show up unexpectedly one morning when you get out of bed. True depression takes time to develop, if you are struggling and you’re ready to reach out, there is hope and help available.

When depression or anxiety attacks begin to interfere with your work, relationships, or your free time, that’s when you will know you may have the onset of depression. The good news is that it’s not a permanent state of living. You can do things to turn these feelings around.

Certainly, you’re not alone when you experience feelings of worry or outbreaks of sadness. Even days when it feels like everything is out of control, know that this happens to everyone from time to time. When these things are temporary, usually a good meal and a good night’s sleep will have you feeling more chipper in the morning.

Symptoms of Depression

But sometimes, the situation is not temporary and support is needed. Here are 11 symptoms that could signal that you’re going through a state of depression or anxiety.

  1. Sad, negative, and worried thoughts are constantly going through your mind.
  2. Friends and family, although meaning well, tell you that you look much more tired than usual.
  3. Finding motivation to do everyday tasks makes you tired, and you move slower than normal.
  4. Procrastination is high on your list, and the less responsibility you have right now, the better.
  5. Socializing is a low priority on your list. You would rather become a recluse than continue to give excuses about why you want to be alone.
  6. An event from your past is gnawing at you and you are filled with fear or anxiety. This occurs whether you’re alone or amongst a group of people.
  7. You cry for no apparent reason, and it feels like you can’t shake off these emotions.
  8. You’re afraid of failing, so you do nothing and make excuses for your absence.
  9. Every day feels more hopeless than the day before. Now, you don’t want to get out of bed, go to the store, go to school or work, or much less, answer the phone, text someone, or even send an email.
  10. You become overly fidgety and can’t seem to sit still, yet you don’t want to do anything.
  11. Finally, and this is not an exhaustive list, but you walk around as if you’ve forgotten how to smile or laugh.

How do you deal with life’s minor and major challenges? If you are struggling, reach out to speak with an experienced counselor today.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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