When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. What if life continues to bury you in lemons? It can feel pointless to dig yourself out of the piles of lemons and make lemonade. It might even feel easier to just lay down and not do anything. Similar to lemons, suffering from the symptoms of depression becomes painful and seem as though you can’t pick yourself up.
What can you do about this problem? It might feel as if there is nothing you can do at all. But, what would you do if you are having car problems? What would you do if you can’t fix your overflowing toilet? What would you do if you are experiencing stomach pains? I can imagine that with any of these issues you would seek a professional for help. So why not seek a professional for your depression?
With the car, toilet and stomach pains it may be easy to notice the signs and symptoms and lead you straight to a professional. Depression is a little tricky because there are some signs and symptoms that you might not suspect that are linked to depression. How would you know when to find a therapist for your depression if you do not know you have it? Some of the signs and symptoms for depression that you may know are sadness, wanting to end your life, harming yourself, and pessimism. Although these are important symptoms of depression, there are some that people do not know about.
You may be feeling grumpy, irritable and argumentative. Feeling as though anything can tick you off. Anything big or small can cause you to scream and shout. Anger is a way people can mask underlying depression.
2. Sleeping Patterns
Are you having difficulty getting to sleep? It may be that your mind if flooded with thoughts or you are not feeling sleepy. It might even be the complete opposite, where you are sleeping way too much. Whichever it may be, insomnia or hypersomnia are both symptoms of depression.
3. Pleasure in Life
Decrease interest or pleasure in things you once enjoyed. This can be hobbies, going out with friends or even sex. Every day may see less enjoyable as you do not find interest or pleasure in anything. You may even find that you are alone most of the time because you don’t feel going out with friends or family.
4. Feelings of Worthlessness or Guilt
You might be thinking that you are failure at everything or you are blaming yourself for all the bad things that has happened. You may feel responsible for others’ behaviors and reactions. This can lead to thoughts such as “I am a loser,” “the world is better off without me,” “I am such a burden,” “I am a loser,” or “I screw up at everything I do.” You believe that you have low worth or little value in this world.
5. Trouble Concentrating
Similar to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you may have a hard time focusing or concentrating on all sort of tasks. It may even be difficult to make decisions or remember things. This can end up impacting the way you perform in school or work.
6. Change in Weight
Are you noticing that you are losing a lot of weight? Depression may cause you to have a decrease in appetite and you may end up eatting less. The same is true for gaining weight as well. Depressing can cause overeating and increase in weight.
Life can start to feel hard to do. You might be feeling tired or like you have no energy to do the smallest tasks. Even thinking could become difficult and it takes you longer than most people to think or speak. Moving around can be a struggle and you may even notice that you spend most of your time in bed or laying down. It may even be hard to get enough energy to get help.