It is normal to feel down sometimes. It is normal to cry. Everyone goes through a depressed time every once in a while. However, depression is something completely different. It is having more down days than good. Its losing interest in the things that you love. There are so many more things that define depression than just feeling down or having a bad day. In this article, we will discuss the signs of depression and take a look at the conditions that seem to come along with having depression. That way you can grab the controls and take your life back.
What are the signs of depression?
Whether you are dealing with depression yourself or trying to determine if you should be worried about someone else, these signs can help. You should be aware that it is much harder to see the depression in yourself than it is in someone else. We make excuses for ourselves and are less likely to reach out when we are depressed. When we see others depressed, we tend to reach out and want to help. Perhaps that is why there are set signs of depression.
Loss of interest in hobbies is one of the first signs. Getting burned out is one thing, having a sudden and absolute loss of interest is different. When you get depressed, things no longer bring you joy. You may get frustrated. You may have lost the ability to come up with new ideas, like projects. You may not want to physically get up and do it. You may not even want to be around others who are encouraging you to do it. Your hobby may suddenly feel pointless or like you are wasting your time with it.
Do you have a friend that is usually pretty reserved and is now the first one drunk at a party? Sudden changes in personality are often a sign that there is something going on inside. Drug and alcohol is also a sign that they are trying to self-medicate or are having trouble dealing with what is going on in their own head. You could try to talk to them. Let them know that they aren’t alone. Believe it or not, that does tend to help more than you think that it might.
The final sign that we will discuss is withdrawal. Some people decide to withdraw into their own heads. They don’t tell anyone what is going on. They isolate themselves. Sometimes they will create their own world, or get lost in their own head. They begin to lose track of days or weeks. If you have a friend that usually texts regularly and you haven’t heard from them in weeks, give them a call. Or, better yet, go visit them. They may not even realize how long it has been. If you find yourself isolating yourself from your friends and family, break the cycle, pick up the phone and call someone.
The Five Most Common Conditions That Come With Depression
There are five conditions that you are more likely to suffer from when you are depressed. Let’s take a look:
Joint pain, stiffness, the inability to move as you should, and inflammation of your joints are all symptoms of arthritis. It can occur in just about any joint in your body but it is most common in the hips, knees, and shoulders. Wrist, ankle, and foot pain are all relatively common as well. Some lesser-known symptoms of arthritis are anemia and chronic fatigue.
The reason these go so well with depression is that you tend to not want to get up and move. You become comfortable on the couch watching television or reading a book. You may not want to fix yourself a meal so you reach for convenience foods. These foods are often low in nutrients and high in preservatives. It keeps your mind in the haze. You become stiff with lack of movement. Not all arthritis is caused by depression. Some doctors will even tell you that your arthritis is the cause rather than the effect.
You can feel better both mentally and physically if you get up and move. Get a step tracker and try to get in more steps every day. Begin practicing yoga. Learn some new stretches. You might be surprised by how much better you can move around.
For years the word obesity was paired with laziness. That simply isn’t always the case. Your mental state plays a huge role in your body. It is true that depression can make you feel like you can’t get out of bed. It can make the whole idea of simply getting up and getting dressed feel like a task that is just too overwhelming. Without exercise you may not be able to burn the calories you need to even maintain your weight and that could cause you to gain.
Another way that depression makes obesity worse is by making it hard for you to get up and make foods. You may decide that it is easier to open a bag of chips. You may want to feed your feelings. You might want to get foods that make you feel better. These comfort foods may not be the best option for you. You may not get the nutrients you need.
Learn to make better foods. Take a cooking class. Make an appointment with a nutritionist or a dietitian. Not only will you learn how to eat better, but you may also benefit from getting out of your house. A change in routine, some fresh air, and getting your mind clear for a little maybe just what you need to start feeling better.
Diabetes is directly linked to how you eat. It is also made worse by how you feel. Depression will feed into this. One big symptom is the constant feeling of hunger. You feel as though you can’t get enough to eat. Depression tells you that you want foods that bring comfort. Which are often high in carbs and rich in sugar. You tend to have to work harder to make better food choices.
One thing that we came across in our research is that people who have more recently received the news that they had diabetes where more likely to feel deprived. It meant that they had to change their whole way of life. That meant learning to give up their favorite foods. Feeling as though they are being deprived of their favorite things tends to make the depression stronger and harder to deal with.
Did you know that asthma is affected by your mood, your environment, and even the people that you are around? That’s not saying that they can control it completely or that they can keep from having asthma attacks simply by changing how they feel. That isn’t even to say that they can control it. In fact, depression isn’t something that you can just snap out of. It is a real condition. Some will say that the symptoms of asthma gave them their depression. Which also makes sense.
Asthma can make it impossible to play with your children. It can be difficult to get outside at all. Seasonal allergies make it worse. There are many things you simply can’t do. Older men and women can’t get around any smoke at all, which means a simple trip to the store can and walking by someone who has a cigarette in their hand, can send them to the emergency room. If that wasn’t enough to send you into a depression, the fact that asthma can cause you to miss days of work might be. Loss of income, high medical bills, and high prescription costs can all make the depression feel insurmountable.
- Heart Disease
Depression actually increases your risk of having heart disease. Heart attacks can cause depression. There is definitely a link between the two. Perhaps it is the lifestyle that comes along with being depressed. You are less likely to get enough exercise. You are less likely to get a good rest. You are less likely to reach for heart-healthy foods. That is just some of the reasons why you are at higher risk. One of the best cures for heart disease can also be a major mood booster. Walking. Get out and explore your neighborhood. Be adventurous and explore your local park. The more you are up and moving, the less depressed you tend to be.
Depression is a real medical condition. You aren’t going to just get up one day and decide that you aren’t depressed anymore. You are going to have good days where your symptoms are minimal and bad days where you don’t even want to get out of bed. You may need medication. You may need a listening ear. Yes, you may develop other conditions but that does make them your fault or even something you could control. The best thing you can do for yourself is to seek medical treatment to help you get control of your depression.