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.
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.
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.
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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