All of us are familiar with depression. It is something we heard most of the time. While some of us describe it as an invisible illness, we need to understand that it is not just about having a rough day. It is not just about feeling tired or sad, either. It is also not about the lack of control over things around us. Depression is much more than those things that we can never imagine. And for most of us who are struggling to fight it, the signs and symptoms can be very overwhelming to take. Sometimes, it feels like everything about it can pop up out of nowhere. Let’s talk about some of the unnoticeable signs of depression you should watch out for.
Irritability – Yes, depression is not only about sadness, loneliness, and restlessness. In some instances, it can also relate to irritability and annoyance, especially with the people around us. It somehow makes us respond quickly to anger whenever they did something we do not like in particular. As a result, we end up lashing out that agitation to the ones close to us. We validate the lack of energy and motivation because we believe that there are so many things to be upset about. That explains why we say things we often don’t mean and physically, emotionally, and mentally hurt the ones we love.
Body Aches – We all think that depression only affects our emotional and mental well-being. But unfortunately, it does something bad for our physical health as well. Depression can make us feel achy. That particular state is what we call a psychosomatic symptom. It is where our depression manifests its damage through muscle pain and tightness. It gives us body pain that can eventually become acute or chronic. There is an overwhelming sense of restlessness that somehow makes us feel unwell all the time. In some unfortunate instances, physical symptoms of depression include joint pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, back pain, appetite change, and psychomotor activity problems.
Lack Of Self-Care – Often, it becomes normal that we ignore taking care of ourselves. We have this mentality that since no one cared about it, why do we have to? But that particular lack of self-care can mean so much more than just not wanting to take a shower or not cleaning our hair. In unfortunate situations, lack of self-care becomes a reflection of depression. That even the simplest task that provides benefits to our physical well-being is entirely hard to keep up. We know it is depression when it affects our ability to function, and lack of self-care is not exempted from that.
Inability To Focus – Depression is often described as the condition that can make a huge difference in our lives. It makes us more irritable, which affects our ability to focus. Even if we try our best to understand things, it is still impossible to go deep into the meaning of what is happening around us. It causes a debilitating situation that makes us feel like we are stupid. Depression relates to focus because it makes things even difficult, especially when dealing with work, school, chores, and other responsibilities.
Inability To Express – Sometimes, we connect silence to meditation because we see it as a sign of mind and body’s interconnection. However, silence can also become part of a negative reaction to things. It can relate to depression because it can hinder us from telling others about thoughts and emotions. Silence can make us hold something deep within our soul that we can’t explain. It can make us feel hopeless and helpless. It makes us not want to express ourselves even if things are confusing. As a result, we either burry or overthink everything.
Humiliation – It is pretty much normal to feel embarrassed, especially when we know we have done something wrong. However, humiliation can represent a different meaning when it gets overboard. Depression relates to it when it becomes a negative depiction we instill about ourselves. It is where we believe that there is always something wrong with us and that we are broken. It always takes our ability to love ourselves and rob us of our motivation. In some instances, that humiliation we feel makes it impossible for us to see the good left in us. As a result, we stick to the idea that we are not going to get better.
When we are depressed, it is common for us to feel that we are not worth saving. That no matter how hard we improve ourselves, we will always end up hating ourselves for trying. But that negative thought should end there. We all deserve something better for our physical, emotional, and mental health. We should not let depression control our lives. If we need help, we have to seek it. We don’t have to embrace mental illness because there are still things that we can do.