Despite how common depression is, it can easily be ignored or misdiagnosed, which is harmful because when left unchecked, the mood disorder can be debilitating. Depression manifests itself in many different ways that that are subjective to each sufferer, and while you may know the physical symptoms, there are a few common psychological signs not to ignore. According to Dr Rafael Euba, a consultant psychiatrist from The London Psychiatry Centre, the following are a few signs to look out for.
Loss of Interest
An inability to enjoy the things you once found pleasure in coupled with a loss of interest in your usual social activities, such as spending time with friends, is one of the major signals that you're withdrawing into yourself.
Fatigue and Sleeplessness
Whether or not you're conscious of it, the weight of thoughts and worries on your mind can lead to sleeplessness and insomnia, because you're unable to switch off.
Severe Mental Reactions
While you may be experiencing indifference and a sense of joylessness, you might find that your reaction to negative news produces a heightened reaction that may lead to increasingly emotional reactions or preoccupations with the issue.
Although feelings of hopelessness, irritability, and sadness are all part of the human experience, the key to spotting them as a symptom of a deeper issue is in realising when they go on abnormally longer than usual, for weeks or several days.