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Signs of Depression That Can Sneak Up on You

By Genevieve Cunningham

Depression is a serious problem in our modern world. It seems that more people than ever are suffering from this debilitating disease. The good news is that depression is a disease that can be treated and managed when a person is able to seek professional care. The bad news is that many people who suffer from depression aren't even aware of it. It can sneak up on us, and when things happen slowly, we sometimes miss the signs. In order to keep yourself as mentally healthy as possible, take a look at these sneaky signs of depression that you should watch out for in your life.

Sleeping Problems

It seems that everyone has sleeping problems from time to time. It's so common that people begin to think that it's actually normal to suffer from insomnia and fatigue on a regular basis. But the truth is that it's not normal. Not at all. A lack of sleep can indicate depression. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, too much sleep can also indicate depression. The key is to notice any changes in your sleeping habits. If you notice a change, seek help from a doctor, and if it doesn't improve, check your mental health through a self-assessment and with a professional. 

Feelings of Hopelessness

Most people don't realize how a hopeless feeling can sneak up on you. They expect it to be a big and profound feeling that overcomes them, but it doesn't usually work that way. For many, hopelessness begins with a feeling of negativity. This can spiral into feeling overwhelmed and then feeling like there's not an answer to your problems. And finally, this turns into a hopeless feeling. It feels like there will never be an answer to your problems, which leaves you feeling down on a daily basis. Check your emotions on a daily basis. Look for the positives in your day-to-day life, and if you ever notice a pattern of negativity, seek some help. 

Withdrawal

Many people who are suffering from depression withdraw from daily life. They spend less time with friends and loved ones. They spend more time alone. They stop attending outings and get-togethers. But this happens slowly. And because it happens so slowly, we often don't notice until it's a significant problem. Notice when you turn down seeing your loved ones. Notice how much time you're spending on your own. If the amount of time is increasing, consider making it a point to visit your friends and family, and always get appropriate care when you feel you need it. 

Depression happens. It's nothing to be ashamed of or afraid of, but it's definitely something to be aware of and treat appropriately. Watch for these possible signs in your life, get professional care, and keep yourself mentally sound now and moving into the future.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Whittier, Calif.

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