Depression can be very difficult, especially around the holidays. But when is it the right time to look for help? Do you have to be laying in bed for months? Or ready to throw yourself off a cliff? When amount of suffering is enough, before you say enough is enough?
Here are 10 signs that you may be experiencing more than just being down in the dumps. It is by no means intended as a diagnostic tool, but it is very similar to the list of questions that you will receive at the doctors to establish whether or not you are suffering from depression.
I hope you find it useful, and if you feel like you are experiencing some or all of the symptoms of depression, I hope that you will take this opportunity to get help for yourself.
- You find that you are losing interest in activities that you previously enjoyed, like hobbies and social activities. You may start dropping the things that you enjoy.
- You find that you are isolating yourself. Are you spending more and more time alone? This could be a sign of depression.
- You noticed that you are emotionally eating or have an increased appetite. You may have suddenly put on a bunch of weight.
- You notice you are eating less or have a decreased appetite and you may be experiencing weight loss.
- You have a decreased libido or less interest in sex. This often occurs when you are taking psych meds, but is also a symptom of depression.
- You have trouble concentrating. Maybe you have trouble following the story in a book or on television?
- You have unexplained pain. This can sometimes be attributed to the inactivity that is associated with depression, but is also considered a symptom of the condition.
- You find that you are fidgeting or restless. This could be a possible sign of illnesses, other than depression, but is often on your depression survey.
- You notice that you are speaking or moving slowly. Perhaps other people notice as well.
- Your symptoms make it difficult or impossible to carry out your normal day-to-day activities.
As I said, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms then it may be time for you to seek help. You could make an appointment with your GP and then, if necessary, it should be fairly easy for you to get a referral to a psychiatric professional.
If you are not in love with your doctor or if you don’t feel comfortable discussing mental health with your GP then you could also very easily make an appointment to see a psychologist, usually without a referral.
If you have any questions, please feel free to write. We are currently updating our mental health resource section, but soon it will contain mental health resources available throughout America and Canada.