Being moral down is normal, it’s part of life. But how do you understand that our sadness is slowly turning into a depression? There are some signs, not to be underestimated, that indicate when it is time to see a doctor. To recognize them you need to be clear with yourself and get in there, very deeply.
“Most of the symptoms of depression are experienced by everyone sooner or later,” explains Jennifer Payne, director of Women’s Mood Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
In order not to confuse them with a simple passing sadness you have to keep the watch on hand: if you are presenting every day for two weeks, it is best to run by a doctor. Here are 5 signs we need to be careful about …
1. You are eating more or less than normal
The depression may manifest as a lack of appetite. “If your mind is worried or full of negative thoughts, you may forget to eat or lose interest in cooking or preparing dinner,” explains Yvonne Thomas, a depressed psychologist. Sometimes, however, depression can manifest itself in the opposite way, pushing you to eat far more than normal. “The mix of emotions that tend to accompany her – sadness, pessimism, loss of self-confidence – can lead the individual to fill the voids he feels with food,” explains Thomas.
2. Sleep too much or too little
Many depressed people admit to spending much more time under the blankets to sleep: this is because the energies are scarce, you feel tired and you want to rest. “Sleep is the way people with depression use to escape their sadness, the bed becomes a sort of refuge,” says Thomas. Sometimes, however, depression can manifest itself in the opposite way, with a constantly disturbed and interrupted sleep. Negative thoughts sound so much in the mind that it does not allow those suffering from depression to fall asleep in peace. Take care of the quality and quantity of your sleep is very important if you suspect you have depression because sleeping too much or too little worsens your symptoms: the circadian rhythm comes out bumpy and it is easier to feel tired and depressed and with less strength to react.
3. Small things get you agitated
It’s a signal that often goes into the background and few recognize it. Depression makes you more irritable and more attentive to the little things that slipped before, without being taken into consideration. You might feel grumpy and find yourself angry with your work colleagues or with your friends for something you would not have noticed at one time. Why is this happening? It may be due to the weight of conflicting emotions that you take on your shoulders or it may be the fault of depressed hormones. “When you feel physical pain, you get angry easily and irritable – says Jennifer Wolkin of the New York University’s psychiatry department at Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health – and the same is true of psychological pains.
4. You cannot concentrate
Have you forgot to deliver an important job, did not you remember going to take the kids to school and forgot dinner on the fire? Depression makes concentration difficult: the mind seems to escape continuously, without finding a stable place to stop. Even making decisions becomes difficult. To be continually suppressed by negative thoughts has this effect: the brain fills with a fog of fog that makes you unstable and instability affects your work and memory and can make you make wrong or unhealthy decisions.
5. Things you once liked did not like you anymore
You liked to have an aperitif with your colleagues, go out in the evening, go to the exhibitions: you remember it well. But now everything seems to have lost the appeal and charm of a time in your eyes. Do not appreciate the things that once made you smile and feel good can be a sign of depression. “Try to isolate yourself, start to do your own: the pastimes of a time do not stimulate you anymore because depression makes you apathetic,” explains Wolkin. It’s a vicious circle: Depression steals your ability to enjoy your experiences, so stop doing those things that might mumble and defeat, at least in part, the “enemy.”