5 SIGNS YOU HAVE DEPRESSION
Depression isn’t just tamped-up sadness. Instead, depression is a complex condition with both classic and less frequent symptoms. It also manifests differently from one person to another. Here are 5 signs which will tell you whether you have depression or not :
1. Anger and irritability – .
Men in particular may experience depressed mood as irritability, crankiness, grouchiness, or anger. Individuals with irritable depression react to the same hassles that aggravate all of us, but their reaction is out of proportion to the trigger, more intense, and lasts longer.
2. Changes in sleeping patterns –
Sleep problems can run the gamut, from having a hard time falling asleep, to broken and restless sleep, or, like Norman, waking up hours before the alarm. On the flip side, it could mean sleeping too much, like going back to bed after a partner leaves for work or the kids go to school.
3. Forgetfulness and Trouble Concentrating –
Problems with memory and focus often go hand in frustrated hand. Forgetting appointments, being chronically late, and having trouble focusing on normally simple things like making a grocery list or composing an email are signals. Having to read paragraphs over and over, zoning out during a conversation, or staring at the TV but not following the plot are also telltale signs.
4. Beating yourself up –
“A screensaver of negativity,” is how one patient like Norman described his depression to me. His default mindset, when not distracted, was a spiral of pessimistic, negative thoughts. Contrary to his usual confident self, when depressed, Norman doubted his abilities, second-guessed his past decisions, and thought things would never get better. Seeing oneself, the world, and the future through gray-colored glasses is a stealthy symptom that often develops unnoticed.
5. Drinking or drugs –
“Drowning your sorrows” is a dubious, though worldwide, remedy for a breakup, setback, or other disappointment. But alcohol and drugs, for both men and women, can be the chicken or the egg of depression: depressed individuals are more likely to abuse substances, and excessive alcohol or drug use may feed a developing depression. Alcohol, ironically, is a depressant, so while it offers a short-term boost, alcohol and depression only compound one another. Watch for an uptick in drinking or drug use as a flag for possible depression.
Anger and Irritability
Depression doesn’t always mean sadness and tears. Men in particular may experience depressed mood as irritability, crankiness, grouchiness, or anger. Individuals with irritable depression react to the same hassles that aggravate all of us, but their reaction is out of proportion to the trigger, more intense, and lasts longer.
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