What does depression feel like?

by | Oct 18, 2021

How do I know if I am feeling depressed? This question is one of the top google searches surrounding this topic.

Depression can be a very serious mental illness that can negatively impact a person’s life. That being said, it goes just beyond being sad and lacking motivation.
Depression can attribute to sleeping problems, appetite changes, and other physical ailments. Another thing to note is that symptoms vary from person-to-person, meaning that two people with depression may feel differently.

Depression can have a long duration and impact relationships, careers, and everyday tasks. Common indicators of depression can be noted as:

  • Taking little enjoyment in life.
  • Difficulties concentrating.
  • Hopelessness.
  • Little to no energy level.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Appetite changes. Eating too little or too much.
  • Physical symptoms.

One thing to note is that depression is not a choice. One cannot will themselves into a positive mindset and they cannot just “get over it.”

Depression is far worse than the average sadness. It can be all-consuming. In very severe cases, depression can lead to increased suicidal thoughts and self-harm.

Men and women also can have differences in the presentation of depression. Hormonal changes have been known to play a role in depression symptoms for women. While men are more likely to experience anger, aggression, and risk-taking behaviors.

So, what happens if I have some of the indicators? Address the issue by either contacting your doctor or a mental health professional. Depression is not something that has to be dealt with alone. By reaching out for help, it can alleviate some of the negative symptoms and lead to increases in overall well-being.

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