Uncommon Symptoms of Depression

Many of us are familiar with the term ‘depression’ and its traditional symptoms because of how it has affected us or our loved ones. Its presence in media and entertainment makes it seem easy to identify— sadness, exhaustion, lost interest. While those symptoms are real, there are some that are less common, yet equally important to look out for. 

Uncontrollable emotions

As we mentioned, sadness is often associated with depression. However, it isn’t necessarily the emotions that we feel that can warn us about depression. It’s the rapid changes in our mood that truly clue us in. Feeling yourself shift rapidly from high peaks of happiness to low valleys of sadness, from feeling strong emotions to nothing at all are examples of cautionary experiences. 

Insomnia

When we think about depression, it’s easy to think about someone that sleeps constantly as a means of escape from their sadness. However, insomnia and trouble sleeping can clue us in to whether or not we are depressed. Oftentimes, laying in bed for long periods of time during the day is due to your inability to get restful sleep at night. 

Weight Fluctuation

Being depressed often means that we experience a change in our appetite. Some tend to eat more. Others tend to eat less. What you should look out for is extreme fluctuation in weight one way or another. 

Compensating with Happiness

Many people who are experiencing depression do what they can to hide that from others. To mask their feelings, they may compensate by acting happy— over the top positivity, constant joking, etc. While this certainly does not apply to everybody’s experience, it isn’t all too uncommon. Pay attention to your friends’ and loved one’s changes in behavior. 

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Coping With Anxiety

Coping With Anxiety

According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million adults in the United States deal with anxiety. Anxiety comes in different forms, so your experience may differ from others. It is important to consult a therapist about treatment, as they can help you on your mental health journey by identifying the source of your anxiety, the triggers, etc. However, there are coping mechanisms to help you stay on track. Today, we focus on some long term strategies for coping with anxiety. 

3 Long-Term Strategies

Meditate Daily

It may not come naturally to some, but mindful meditation is simple to pick up and incredibly helpful when dealing with anxiety. It allows you to find your ‘center,’ where anxious thoughts do not have as much influence over you. While sitting still may not be appealing to some, pilates and yoga are great activities that still allow you to meditate.

Take Care of Your Body

Making sure you exercise regularly has been shown to help with anxiety in the long-run (get it?). But just like abs, your diet is equally important to cultivating a healthy mind. What you feed your body is what you feed your mind! And lastly, keeping a consistent sleep schedule will help you to feel less anxious. To learn more about the relationship between the mind and body, click here: Body Blog

Speak with a Therapist

Therapists, like the ones at Global Wellness Consociates, offer a professional perspective on your personal experience with mental health. Sessions are judgment-free zones where you speak your truth, allowing you to be you. Therapists can also cater specific coping mechanisms to your personal circumstances. Our approach is holistic and our goal is simple— helping you on your journey towards mental health. 

Mind

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is becoming an increasingly popular topic, especially on the heels of a pandemic that left many wondering what the ‘New Normal’ would be. These circumstances have led many on the path to becoming mentally healthy. But what is mindfulness and how does it tie into mental health? 

Mindfulness Is: 

-Being fully present in what we are doing and being aware of what is happening around us.

-A process that has been scientifically studied because of its positive effects on the human mind and body. 

Mindfulness Is Not:

-An external attribute that must be sought after, but an internal quality that humans can access with some practice.

-A hard and fast set of rules that apply equally to everyone. For as subjective as the human experience is, so too is the journey to mindfulness. 

How Does It Work?

Mindfulness improves your physical and mental well-being. 

For more information on how mindfulness can improve you physically, click the link here: (Body Article)

Continue to read for more information on the mental benefits of mindfulness.

In recent years, experts have looked towards mindfulness as a key element in the treatment of a number of problems, including: depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. (You can link these to specific pages on your site.)

Therapists have found that mindfulness is so helpful to people because it allows them to accept their experiences instead of reacting with aversion or avoidance. This, in turn, creates a proactive attitude towards negative experiences, allowing people to presently process their lives through a healthier lens.


The journey to becoming more mindful is a personal one. Nobody’s path will be the same, but there are some proven techniques to improve one’s mindfulness. Meditation, for example, has been found to help cultivate a mindful outlook. Whether you formally schedule time in your day to practice or you simply take small meditative breaks throughout, meditation is worth looking into! To learn more, click here: (Soul Article)