- Mental Health
Depression Symptoms Nobody Talks About
The Common Symptoms
There's common symptoms listed on medical sites and in quizes, but most symptoms are not.
Common/cliche symptoms include:
- Mood: anxiety, apathy, general discontent, guilt, hopelessness, loss of interest, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, or sadness
- Sleep: early awakening, excess sleepiness, insomnia, or restless sleep
- Whole body: excessive hunger, fatigue, loss of appetite, or restlessness
- Behavioral: agitation, excessive crying, irritability, or social isolation
- Cognitive: lack of concentration, slowness in activity, or thoughts of suicide
- Weight: weight gain or weight loss
- Also common: poor appetite or repeatedly going over thoughts
Yes, these are common, but depression is different for everyone. Lets dive deeper into possible symptoms I've never seen listed anywhere.
The Less Common But Very Real Signs of Depression
I've found in my experience that these symptoms happen to those with depression as well:
- Poor hygiene - showering less than one should/less than they used to, no longer brushing teeth
- Messy/neglected living spaces, not cleaning up messes
- No longer interested in going out, less interest in socializing
- Self harm - do they wear long sleeves or long pants even when it's warm?
- General malaise that can range from mild to catatonic, inability to sit up and concentrate on work, generally very tired
- Loss of interest in hobbies they used to love, inability to do activities even if they want to
- Drinking/doing drugs more often/excessively
- Risky/dangerous behavior - frequent casual sex, generally needlessly putting themselves in situations where they may get hurt
- Chronic pain
- Decline in sexual interest/ability
- And more
As you can see, this disease is very serious and can be very debilitating. If someone you know (including yourself) has these symptoms, encourage them to seek help from a therapist and a psychiatrist (behavioral medicine doctor). These symptoms will not go away on their own, it's not a phase, it's not their fault.
Be gentle with them and offer your help, by listening to them when they need to talk, even if it's an awkward/scary subject. Pay attention to their needs and offer assistance where needed, such as housework.
I believe most people are trying their best all the time.
So be kind to them and yourself.
I may write an article on PTSD and other diseases. PTSD and depression have a lot of overlapping symptoms, so make sure to check that out too.