Depression is not something to be ashamed of and it shouldn’t be taken lightly either. If you’re depressed, you need to be honest with yourself and reach out to someone. Here are 14 subtle signs that you may be depressed:
1) Insomnia or extreme sleepiness
It’s normal to have trouble falling asleep sometimes or sleep and do nothing over the weekend. But you may be depressed if it happens almost every day for at least 2 weeks.
2) You find it hard to make decisions
You just can’t bring yourself to make any decisions, especially important ones. No matter how much you think or research, you still struggle to make a choice.
3) Your body aches all over
Your back aches. Your head hurts. You have random muscle pain. Depression doesn’t just affect your mind. It can have an impact on your body as well.
4) You always think about the same problems
You think about the same issues over and over again but have no solutions. Your focus is mainly on the problems and nothing else.
5) You’re not interested in the future
You have a hopeless outlook on life. You feel lost and helpless. You are no longer interested in the dreams you once had.
6) You don’t feel like seeing anyone
You would rather stay away from people. You make up excuses to avoid social events. Even if you do see your friends, you still feel down.
7) Food doesn’t taste good anymore
You lost your appetite and you eat just for the sake of eating. You no longer enjoy food and it doesn’t taste good anymore.
8) Your emotions are all over the place
One minute you’re mad at the world, the next you burst out in tears. You feel anxious all the time and you are always moody.
9) You’re not interested in your favourite activities
You no longer feel like watching your favourite TV shows, listening to music, or doing anything that you used to enjoy.
10) You unintentionally lost or gained weight
It’s either you eat too little or too much. As a result, you experience sudden weight loss or gain without eve realising it.
11) You’re always tired
You are exhausted every day and you feel like you don’t have the energy to do anything. All you want to do is rest or sleep.
12) You constantly feel guilty or worthless
You feel guilt for letting the negativity take control of your life. You feel worthless for not having the strength to deal with your problems.
13) You find it hard to concentrate
You experience a decrease in focus or concentration. You can’t seem to think clearly no matter how hard you try.
14) You feel restless all the time
You feel restless and anxious every second of the day. You struggle to find peace of mind even from the comfort of your own home.
Danila was a magazine writer focused on lifestyle topics and a communications specialist in the telecommunications industry where her work was published or broadcast via several offline and online media channels before shifting to freelance writing. Besides writing, she enjoys travel, taking photos, and reading.