The 5 subtle signs of depression
Depressive symptoms can range from mild to severe and this varied degree of symptoms, is often the reason many people don't even realise they have depression. The following five subtle signs are often the first to show up in people who are struggling with depression.
Depression is not all about being sad and hopeless. Often times, people experience increased anger and irritability.
2. Decreased energy
A lack of motivation to complete daily tasks that becomes more frequent and more difficult to shake off. While this is something we all experience from time to time, having several days a week like this is a good indication that something is wrong.
3. Sleep difficulties
This can range from too much sleep to very little sleep. People who are struggling with depression will often find themselves in bed more often than up and moving around. They lack the motivation to get up and begin to lose interest in participating in daily life. On the other hand, there are also those people who struggle to fall and stay asleep, despite being tired.
4. Difficulty concentrating
Depression is often described as feeling like you are in a "fog" and many people find themselves distracted and unable to be attentive to work, family, and friends.
5. Increased symptoms of pain
This is usually persistent pain, like stomach aches and headaches or other pain that won't go away. Often, this pain was non-existent or tolerable to someone in the past, but now they find it is increasingly affecting their daily life.
If you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms, you may want to consult your physician or doctor for more information.