Five Signs of Depression You Might Not Know

It’s not uncommon to experience highs and lows in your mood, but as long as you feel relatively even-keeled the majority of the time, you shouldn’t have much to worry about. However, you should be aware that even if you are not exhibiting classic depression symptoms, you might be experiencing signs that your mood is not where it should be. If you are going through an emotional lull, there are signs your body might be telling you that you may need a little extra care in getting back to your happy place.

You Fidget All The Time

Depression symptoms are usually associated with chronic sleep, low energy and generally feeling down. Although this is true, symptoms can also manifest themselves through excessive fidgeting due to overall feelings of agitation. If you find yourself missing out on sleep, pacing, fidgeting and just not being able to sit still, this could be another way that your body is telling you that you are dragging.

You Are Aching All The Time

People who suffer from depression often have terrible physical pain as well. When you keep your feelings inside, they have to eventually come out somehow. If you aren’t letting them out emotionally, then they can come out physically. Whether it’s through body aches, headaches, digestion issues or sleeplessness, your emotions will get the best of you if they aren’t dealt with.

Your Moving At A Snails Pace

If you have been feeling down, you may also notice that it takes you forever to complete even the most menial tasks. Studies have shown that depression can cause low job performance. Not only can it be hard to focus, but your physical capabilities may also be impaired. If you feel like your system is being slowed down for no real reason, you may want to reevaluate where you are mentally. 

You Are Mad

Depression can cause irritability, anger and impatience. If you can rule out other factors as to why you are are feeling so mad, such as lack of sleep, hunger and hormonal changes, depression may be the reason for your grumpy mood. This symptom usual persists in people who have been struggling with depressed mood for long periods of time.

You Have Major Cravings

If you find yourself constantly only wanting carby, sugary foods, this may also be a sign of depression. Similar to craving certain foods during hormonally erratic times, when you are mentally in a bad space your brain starts sending signals that it needs serotonin to feel better. The insulin in carbs can temporarily creates this serotonin, causing you to get that relief for at least a short period of time. If your body is always asking for these types of foods, there might be deeper reasons for these cravings.

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