Many people have an incorrect assumption that it’s easy to identify those who have depression; however, some symptoms aren’t as easy to notice:
#1 They withdraw and disconnect
This could be described as an uncharacteristic lack of interest in hobbies, activities and social outings that they use to love to participate in. The declining of social invitations becomes more regular until they stop socializing altogether. Even talking on the phone with friends can be very challenging. If this type of isolation becomes a habit, it could be a sign the person is experiencing depression. A major symptom very difficult to overcome is the loss of joy for things once loved.
#2 They may not respond the same to affection
Depression, for many people, can be described as the absence of feeling. They characterize it as experiencing no emotions, only numbness. In fact, the closest thing to an emotion is irritation or a kind of sadness. Not surprisingly then, they will not respond to concern or gestures of affection as they normally would. It’s often difficult for a spouse to understand that their partner’s brain is simply unable to process and then respond accordingly to their expression of love.
#3 They can be unusually irritable
Experts agree that irritability can be an oft-overlooked symptom of depression, but that it’s also very common. The behavior of someone depressed might be interpreted as somber, even if that’s not what they’re feeling. It can be physically and mentally draining to keep up with all the necessary responsibilities of life while also dealing with depression and this could easily translate to a short temper.
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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