10 Early Signs of Depression You Shouldn’t Ignore

Depression is extremely common but that doesn’t make it easy to detect. In fact, most people who have it have family and friends that aren’t aware. And this makes the condition a lot harder to deal with.

If you suspect that you have depression, check out these early signs so you can take appropriate actions right away.

1. Irritability

This is one of the most obvious signs of depression, particularly in the initial stages. However, despite being common, a lot of people actually miss it. They simply associate a depressed person’s irritability with having a bad day. The problem is that this irritability can stem from really petty things. People with depression can easily lash out at family members and friends.

2. Sleeping Issues

If you are finding it hard to sleep for one or two days, it shouldn’t really worry you as it may be a simple case of insomnia. But, if you are having sleeping issues for several days already, that’s a different story.

Depressed people find it hard to fall and stay asleep even though they feel excessively tired. In some cases, they’ll sleep too much and struggle to wake up in the morning. They’ll take frequent naps during the day and will display an eagerness to get to bed early.

3. Low Energy

Clinical depression can suppress the level of serotonin in your body. This hormone is responsible for your energy level. When you don’t have enough serotonin in your body, you’re likely to get tired easily and your usual tasks will take longer to complete.

4. Problem Concentrating

If you are feeling like you’re in a fog and you struggle to stay focused, there’s a good chance you could be depressed. Depression can make you forget things, misplace everyday objects and decrease your ability to stay on task.

5. Reckless Behaviors

Not all people with depression will shy away from others and lock themselves at home. There are depressed people who will gamble, commit to risky sexual behaviors and do drugs just to mask how they really feel. Although these activities can provide relief, it’s only temporary.

In case you notice yourself engaging in these kinds of activity lately, it could be a sign that you’re having a hard time coping with an internal problem.

6. Changes in Appetite

Eating too much and eating too little can be considered as signs of depression. Experts suggest that this happens due to the other effects of depression to your body. Take, for example, fatigue and lack of pleasure in activities you used to enjoy.

When you are tired, you won’t have the energy to prepare your food and you’ll be uninterested to eat. In some cases, depression can also come with nausea and vomiting and these two can make it hard for you to consume food.

The feeling of worthlessness and sadness can make you overeat, too. It’s your body’s response to emotional hunger.

7. Recurrent Thoughts of Death

A lot of depressed people spend a lot of time planning about how they can harm themselves. They roleplay it and they can’t seem to let go of the idea. Experts consider this as active suicidal thoughts and these thoughts need to be addressed right away.

Passive suicidal thoughts, on the other hand, involve wishing and hoping of dying. A person thinks and hopes to never wake up or get hit by a car on his way home.
Thoughts of death triggered by depression are something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you can’t stop thinking about dying, it’s time to get some help.

8. Guilt

Depressed people often feel worthless. They are overly critical of themselves that they start to take the blame for almost anything.

If you have been feeling guilty from a mistake you did when you were still young or for ending your marriage for valid reasons, pay close attention to your inner monologue. It could be a clear sign that something’s not right.

9. Apathy

Even if you want to feel happy, excited or surprised- you just can’t.

When you’re depressed, you seem to be unable to feel anything. You find it hard to be intimate with your loved ones or even enjoy some quality time with friends. People with depression often refer to this feeling as “being numb”.

10. Start of Physical Symptoms

When you are battling mental health issues, it’s possible that you’ll feel physical symptoms, too. Remember, your mind and body have a special connection. So, when something isn’t right with your way of thinking, that can translate to physical symptoms.

You see, most depressed people don’t seek medical help because they are feeling low and unworthy. They seek professional help because they experience pain, like stomachache, headache and back pain. The only time depression is considered is when all possible causes have been checked.

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