Depression usually signals its re-arrival with a selection of ‘warning’ symptoms. Here are seven to look out for, and what to do when you spot them:
When a pile of dirty dishes has sat in your sink for days (even weeks) and the work-day feels more like a work-decade, it could mean that depression is sneaking back in.
2) Sleep changes:
Depression has the ability to drastically alter sleep, and turn early birds into night owls (and vice versa). If you notice you’re getting too much, or too little, take note.
3) Loss of interest:
When partaking in day-to-day simple pleasures– walking your dog, pursuing your passions knitting, reading, kayaking, spending time with family—becomes a chore, depression is likely the culprit.
4) Irrational feelings of guilt:
Depression often causes immense feelings of guilt—and can make you believe you aren’t doing enough, or are not enough. The seemingly endless cycle of depression and guilt is self-feeding and malicious. If this is what you are experiencing, remember: guilt is a symptom of depression, it’s not you.
5) Changes in appetite:
Have you been eating more than usual, or does food just seem inedible? Both are signs of depression.
6) Irritability & agitation:
Depression doesn’t just make you sad; it can also make you angry. When things you normally brush off get under your skin—causing angry outbursts that wreak havoc on relationships— note that it’s likely because of depression.
7) Unexplainable physical pain:
Depression causes both emotional AND physical pain. Be on the lookout for body aches of all shapes and sizes—migraines, back pain, stomachaches— or intense flare-ups in your chronic conditions.
Don’t wait! Getting help is time sensitive
When these 7 ‘signs’ of depression get in the way of your ability to function in daily life, it’s time to reach out for help. Reoccurrences of depression are both common and treatable when they are proactively addressed. However, the longer the symptoms loom, the worse depression gets. Here are a few ways you can address a relapse in depression:
- Talk to a trusted family member or friend let them know how you are feeling.
- Record all of the symptoms—both mental AND physical—you are experiencing.
- Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your symptoms (bring your list with you!)
- Visit a therapist for talk therapy – an important tool find solutions and coping with feelings and problems.
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
(This and our other articles are provided by some of our curated resources. We encourage readers to support them and continue to look to these sources in times of need and opportunity.)