How many of you are well aware about the term Depression? Depression is something from having low mood or no mood. It is not completely about sadness and hopelessness. Both sadness and hopelessness are the symptoms of depression. Let’s talk about hidden symptoms of depression you should know about and will also discuss about my experiences in this blog. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and leave a comment on which symptoms have you experienced? Also you can add any other symptoms to this list in the comments below. The purpose of this blog is to spread awareness of hidden symptoms that are subtle or rarely discussed in order for people to get help when they need it most.
Below discussed symptoms could also be caused by the other factors, so it is always a better idea to consult a mental health professional so you can figure out what is going on and get a professional help.
Anger & Irritability
As I said earlier sadness and hopelessness are the one among the other symptoms of depression. There is more to depression other than these two. Feeling unusual anger and more irritability is also in the list of hidden symptoms of depression. Surprisingly, these are the symptoms which are rarely talked about. Lashing out on others over relatively minor things is something we all usually avoid. Being less patient with others and hurrying up things or being disproportionately angry at yourself could be related to depression. Do not avoid this if you are experiencing this for long.
Fatigue & low energy – Hidden symptoms of depression
Do you know depression can eventually makes you feel physically tired. Research suggests that over 90% of people with major depression disorder experience fatigue (2018). Fatigue that is related to depression doesn’t go away with sleep. It can make everyday activities physically difficult. In addition to causing difficulties with concentration, processing information and connecting with others emotionally.
Thirdly comes, Problems related to digestive health. Gut health and depression go hand in hand. On other hand there are other factors which are responsible for poor health. But if you have any other related symptoms of depression along with digestive issues then this is something to consider. Depression could be a cause to stomach discomfort, such as nausea, cramps, bloating or pain. Some research also suggests that depression could even cause Inflammation in the digestive system that manifests similarly to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS). You can read more about IBD and IBS here – https://www.healthline.com/health/crohns-disease/ibs-vs-ibd
Feeling empty or Numb
You know what depression doesn’t always feels about experiencing intense sadness. Sometimes depression can show up as a lingering feeling, feeling of emptiness or numbness. This might also go hand in hand with another symptoms called anhedonia, This is something defined as a loss of interest in activities you normally like and not feeling pleasure from activities that normally would be pleasurable to you.
Forced Happiness – Hidden symptoms of depression
Someone with depression might be put on a happy smiling face and be productive, makes jokes and seems like they are bursting with lots of energy. But on other hand they completely crash when they are at home, experiencing debilitating loneliness, emptiness, sadness or guilt. Depression doesn’t have a “look” even if someone doesn’t seems depressed in public, they could still be struggling from inside.
Depression is different for different people, every individual experience different symptoms at different point of time. Do your proper research before you consult mental health professional. Take your time to figure out what are their specialization and reviews as well. Similarly, don’t be confused between therapy or coaching. Both works accordingly some of them are past oriented and some of them focus on the future & goals. Therapy is something which is not all about the past or treating a disorder, it is also about learning new skills and reaching out new goals. Always keep in mind that any of coach or therapist sometimes can cause harm. Choose a practitioner who knows their limits and who is suitable for needs. This is all about this blog. Let me know what you think. Help yourself and people around you. Will be back soon with another one. You can do better!
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