Depression affects millions worldwide, yet it often goes unnoticed or undiagnosed. It’s crucial to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression to seek appropriate treatment and support. Here are some hidden signs of depression that you shouldn’t ignore:
- Physical symptoms: Depression doesn’t just affect your emotions; it can also have physical symptoms. Chronic pain, digestive issues, headache
- Irritability: While sadness is a well-known symptom of depression, irritability is often overlooked. Irritability can manifest as getting frustrated easily, feeling angry, or having a short temper.
- Changes in appetite: Changes in appetite are often linked to depression. Some people may lose their appetite and lose weight, while others may overeat and gain weight.
- Loss of interest in activities: A significant sign of depression is a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. This can include hobbies, social events, and spending time with loved ones.
- Difficulty sleeping: Depression can cause difficulty falling or staying asleep, resulting in insomnia. Conversely, some people with depression may oversleep and feel excessively tired throughout the day.
- Low self-esteem: Depression can cause negative thoughts and feelings of worthlessness or low self-esteem. People with depression may often criticize themselves harshly, feel inadequate, or feel like they’re a burden to others.
- Difficulty concentrating: Depression can cause difficulty concentrating or making decisions. This can affect work, school, and daily activities, leading to a decreased ability to perform well.
- Increased substance use: Some people with depression may turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with their emotions. However, substance use can worsen depression symptoms and lead to addiction.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, seeking help is essential. Depression is a treatable condition; people can recover and live fulfilling lives with proper support and treatment.
At the Center for Integrative Psychiatry, we offer a range of services to help those struggling with depression, including medication management, psychotherapy, and other treatments such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and nutritional psychiatry. Our team of compassionate professionals can provide individualized treatment plans to address your specific needs and support your mental health journey.
Don’t wait to seek help for depression. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment and start your path to recovery.
- American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).
- Mayo Clinic. (2021). Depression (major depressive disorder). https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20356007
- National Institute of Mental Health. (2021). Depression. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml