Sometimes, we can feel down and out. Situations in our lives can happen that make us feel strong feelings of sadness, anxiety, and fear. When is it just feeling the blues or depression? Is it just a once in a while feeling, or do you find yourself feeling this way often?
Depression has a way of sneaking up on its victims. If you are struggling with wondering if it is time to seek professional help from a depression counselor, here are some symptoms and signs you should not ignore.
1. Your Favorite Activity No Longer Brings You Joy
Do you love to paint? Maybe you love to waste the day away reading a novel or biography. Whatever it is for you, these hobbies should bring you joy.
If you find that these hobbies no longer bring you joy or boost your mood, you could be dealing with depression. Depression has a way of taking our moods and “depressing” them into sadness and anxiety.
2. You Feel “On Edge”
Is your family telling you that you snap easily? Have you found yourself crying over the smallest incidences? Do you get angry at the drop of a hat? Depression can make its victims feel overwhelmed, thus making them quick to anger and sadness.
You may feel touchy during the day as if everything anyone says makes you feel bad, sad or angry. These feelings may make you feel confused, adding to the cycle of depression. If you feel this way, it may be time for depression counseling.
3. Your Appetite is Gone
Eating is a healthy part of life that keeps our bodies going. Foods you used to enjoy may not do anything for you now. In fact, your appetite may decrease to the point of being nonexistent. You may “forget” to eat or may not want to eat at all.
Depression can cause you to not have any regard for your well-being or health. This is a sign that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
4. Your Sleep is Suffering
Are you having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Maybe you feel like you can’t turn your mind off long enough to go to sleep. Whatever the case, your sleep may be suffering due to depression.
Some depression sufferers find themselves sleeping a lot throughout the day versus at night. Some are the other way around. If you see any switch in your sleeping habits, it could be a sign of depression.
Each sufferer of depression is different. You may feel symptoms that others don’t. The bottom line is this, if you feel any of the symptoms above or any personality change out of the ordinary, you may be dealing with depression.
Insight Child & Family Counseling is the place for depression counseling. Call today to discuss your needs with a professional at 972-426-9500 or visit our website at www.ldscounselordfw.com.