Signs of Depression That Often Go Unnoticed
By Genevieve Cunnngham
The information and recommendations surrounding depression are quickly expanding in the general public. While it was once a taboo topic and something to only be discussed behind closed doors, it’s now something that gets both attention and open discussion. But even with all of the information out there, there are still quite a few cracks in the message. The disease is still largely misunderstood, especially in the case of diagnosis and when it’s time to seek help. At what point are you supposed to reach out? Are all symptoms typical and obvious? For those with questions about this important health topic, take a look at these signs of depression that often go unnoticed, but may indicate a need to find some help.
Loss of Interest
Our interests and hobbies often wax and wane; it’s normal and even expected. But if you’re generally passionate about piano or exercise or technology, and then suddenly lose interest for a long period of time, it could be pointing to a mental health problem. Those suffering from depression often experience a sudden and prolonged loss of interest in the things they once loved. If you find this happening to you, be diligent in finding the cause of your disinterest, and if none can be found, suspecting depression may be appropriate.
Your Sleeping Habits are Suddenly Altered
Perhaps you suddenly find yourself absolutely exhausted, completely unable to hold your eyes open for any length of time. Or maybe you’re suddenly experiencing insomnia, staring at the ceiling for hours just hoping for a little sleep. However your sleeping habits change, a significant switch in routine can signal some mental strife. If you can’t get your habits back under control on your own, it’s generally a good idea to look to a professional to point you down the right path.
Your Appetite is Different
Either excessive hunger or absolutely no hunger at all can both be indicative of a mental health issue. Why do we alter our eating habits? Generally it’s because we’re looking for a way to cope, and since food is one of the only things that we can control, we use it as a coping mechanism. If your appetite is suffering in either direction, it can be beneficial to seek advice in case a physical or mental health issue is present.
Even though the discussion on depression and its serious impacts on overall health is gaining ground among the healthcare community, there is plenty left to be discovered. Most equate depression to feeling blue, but this overgeneralization may keep far too many from seeking help. Use these symptoms as a guide, but most importantly, lean on those you love and trust to help you stay mentally fit now and long into the future.