Drive and listlessness are known signs of depression. But there are also less noticeable signals that you should pay attention to.
Not all signs of depression are clear
Depression is on the rise, even among young people, and they are among the most underrated illnesses. “The number of people with depression is increasing rapidly worldwide,” reports the medical journal.
According to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO), around 322 million people were affected in 2015, a good 18 percent more than ten years earlier. But even in Germany, few receive optimal treatment, according to the German Depressionshilfe Foundation.
While the symptoms are quite clear to some sufferers – from the loss of zest for life to suicidal thoughts – they are more subtle in others and at worst are not recognized as signs of depression.
So it is a common misconception that depressed people are always sad and depressed. Some sufferers still function so well in public and even at home that their suffering goes unnoticed. It is important in any case that depression is recognized and treated.
Even if a single symptom is not meaningful, one should also be aware of more subtle signals – especially if they persist over a longer period of time:
1. YOUR SWITCH BEHAVIOR CHANGES
Maybe you always slept well – not anymore. Maybe six hours of sleep have always been enough for you – now you are sleeping through the weekend. Changes in sleep behavior can be an indication of depression. Restlessness and restlessness are also part of it.
2. YOU ARE CONFUSION
Altered cognitive abilities can also be indicative of a depressive illness – for example, if you have difficulty focusing on television or a book for half an hour. Hidden signs of depression can also be slower thinking as well as forgetfulness and difficulty in decision-making.
3. You SELF ESTEEM IS LOW
When pondering, people go through negative situations over and over, evaluate neutral situations negatively, or over-analyze things. Reflection and self-reflection are important, but when you become very self-centered and go through your worries again and again, without finding peace, this is a warning sign.
4. YOUR WEIGHT IS CHANGING
A change in weight can also be a sign of depression. Some people start eating too much, others lose their appetite. Such changes in eating behavior can be associated with fatigue and joylessness.
5. You ARE PARTICIPATE LESS THAN BEFORE
If you used to like being around people and you’re increasingly retiring now, you should listen. Withdrawal is a well-known symptom of depression, but even a lack of emotional expressions such as facial expressions and gestures can be a clue.
6. YOU HAVE PAIN
Headaches, digestive problems, back pain: depression can also cause physical discomfort. Some people just go to the doctor to get their pain treated – and never get the diagnosis of depression.
If you suspect that you are suffering from depression, you should consult a doctor. Depression can and should be treated!