5 Signs of Depression
Let’s face it, we all feel down from time to time.
Life throws us a number of challenges that can really test our patience, our ability to be positive and our general mood.
But how can you tell when you’re just having a bad day, to when you’re actually suffering with depression?
Is everyone depressed??
The use of the word ‘depression’ has become so mainstream that it’s often confusing when people describe themselves as ‘feeling depressed’ when maybe they’re just feeling sad that given day.
Depression can be very complex and symptoms can vary widely from person to person. Depression can often be confused with the symptoms of grief. When you lose someone or something dear to you, it’s natural to feel pain and grief. The grief process is a very normal response, and most people experience it. But when grief encompasses your life and you begin to feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless, then it might be more depression.
What does depression feel like?
There are many causes of low mood. An argument with your partner, missing a promotion at work, not getting pregnant after months of trying can all lead of feelings of anger, frustration and sadness, some of which can last for weeks. Depression is when this kind of mood never goes away. It can range from mild (some impact on daily life), moderate (significant impact on daily life) to severe (makes it almost impossible to get through daily life – a few people with severe depression may have psychotic symptoms). If you’re unsure whether you might be depressed, consider these 5 signs of depression and see if they resonate with you.
1) Depression will get in the way of your daily living. Things that you once found enjoyable, like going out or partaking in activities and hobbies are no longer appealing.
2) You continuously feel low in mood with feelings of helplessness and sadness. You might prefer to be alone and shut off communication with those closest to you. Many clients of mine say they feel like they’re a burden so would prefer to be alone in order for their depression not to ‘rub off’ onto others. Or you may become clingy and find it difficult to be alone as it makes you feel worse.
3) You might be very tearful and find it difficult to stop crying, or you might be irritable and intolerant of others and prone to outbursts of anger.
4) You may have suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming yourself and feel comforted by the idea of death.
5) You’re experiencing physical symptoms such as a change in appetite (eating more or less), disturbed sleep (waking up early or finding it hard to get to sleep), lack of energy and loss of libido, changes in your menstrual cycle, poor bowel health (constipation/diarrhea), unexplained aches and pains.
A natural alternative
If you’re concerned that you might be feeling depressed and would like to try a natural alternative like homeopathy, then please contact me to arrange a free 15-minute clarity call to see if homeopathy could help you.
Until next time, have a happy, healthy week.