As always when we talk about depression, the first thing we insist on is that it is one thing to be sad and quite another to go through depression, so it is very important to know the signs of it. The problem with depression is that in most cases it is not diagnosed, we think it is normal and we downplay it. This is a big mistake, since depression is something very serious that must be treated by a specialist.
Although there are many, in this article we are going to see the main signs that appear in a person with depression and that should put us on alert.
5 SIGNS TO KNOW IF I HAVE DEPRESSION
Here are some of the signs to know if you have depression:
- Constant lack of spirits : We can all have bad days or days when we feel tired or down. This can happen in a timely manner, but if it happens every day, lengthening in time, it is one of the main signs that you are going through a depression.
- Loss of interest : the loss of interest can be both at the level of activities that we previously liked and enjoyed, and at a social level due to having a great reluctance to be with people. This can even lead us to just want to be at home alone and doing nothing.
- Difficulty concentrating : if lately you feel that you are not performing at a work, academic or daily level since it is difficult for you to do a task continuously or you have “basic” mistakes that you did not have before, your emotions may be warning you of something.
- Sleep problems : whether we talk about insomnia or if we have excessive sleep during the day, it can also be a symptom related to depression. There are many people who can go through these stages, but if this occurs in an intense way or if it lasts too long, it is time to consult a specialist.
- Eating problems : depression is closely related to eating disorders. In a person with depression, problems related to eating can appear in two very different ways: one would be to eat a lot and with anxiety (usually fatty foods and with a lot of sugar), while the other is the opposite, loss of appetite. Another very common situation that usually occurs is to resort to food to “compensate” that feeling of sadness or emptiness.
As we said at the beginning, distinguishing sadness from depression is essential to establish a correct diagnosis and apply the appropriate treatment that restores emotional balance. If you have identified with these signs and you think you could be experiencing depression, do not let more time pass and consult a professional to assess it.
Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.