Depression Symptoms

Take Notice of Depression Symptoms

While it is normal to feel sad sometimes, depression symptoms are clues that it may be time to get help.

Getting enough sleep, eating well, and staying active are building blocks to a healthy life. It is true depression symptoms vary from person to person, but often these key components of good health are ignored when depression is present. Here are some common depression symptoms.

Losing Interest in Loved Activities

Individuals experiencing depression can have feelings of irritability and isolate themselves. Alongside these, it is common to stop participating in favorite activities. People lose interest in friends, hobbies, food, sports, and physical interaction.

Understanding that depression can be a factor is a big step. Getting help and engaging in activities again can be healing. It is important to be connected to people you love and pursuits you enjoy, even small steps may help.

Appetite and Sleep Changes Can Be Depression Symptoms

A familiar sign of depression is a change in diet and sleep habits. Your appetite may diminish or you may find yourself eating more than you have in the past. Suddenly gaining or losing weight can be an indicator.

Also, sleep is often impacted. Many people experiencing depression suffer from being unable to fall asleep at night. Then, there can be fatigue and loss of energy during the daytime hours, which can make an individual feel even worse. Recent research suggests individuals who sleep less than eight hours a night are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. Finding a solution to get enough sleep can be extremely helpful for a person’s recovery.

Unexplained Physical Pains

Sometimes, there are physical symptoms that are experienced by a person who is depressed. These can include joint pain, back pain, gastrointestinal problems, and fatigue. Studies show depression can last longer in individuals with physical pain.

Of course, there is a clear mind-body connection. It can be difficult to determine if a person is depressed because of a painful condition or is experiencing physical pain because they are in the thick of a major depressive episode. Either way, whole body health is essential, reach out and seek help if you are experiencing depression symptoms.

Getting Help

If you notice any of these symptoms, either in yourself or someone you love, it may be time to get help. Talking through your problems with a mental health professional is a vital part of the recovery process for many who experience depressive episodes.

When you think a friend or a loved one is in trouble, remember to be kind. Blaming someone who is feeling unwell is not helpful. It may even underscore feelings of low self-esteem. There is a lot of stigma surrounding mental health issues. Reduce the stigma by starting a helpful conversation and looking into mental health recourses.

If you recognize depression in yourself or someone you love, contact Kendall Van Blarcom today. As a personal consultant with decades of experience in therapy and counseling, Kendall helps busy individuals, seniors, and caregivers live healthy, productive lives.

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