Pauliann Long, LCSW-C




3 Overlooked Signs You’re Struggling with Depression

We all have bad days and times when we aren’t happy.

It’s also easy to think that you would recognize the signs of depression if you were struggling. Unfortunately, there are some “overlooked” signs that not everyone realizes right away.

When these signs continue to go unnoticed, your depression may get worse. The longer you choose to ignore these hidden symptoms, the easier it is for more negative signs to start showing up.

So, how can you tell the difference between a bad mood and serious signs of depression?

The best thing to do is to become aware of some commonly-overlooked signs. Becoming aware of possible symptoms enables you to recognize the issue sooner. As a result, you can seek out treatment right away.

1. You’re Having Difficulty Sleeping

There are many reasons to have trouble sleeping. That’s exactly why people tend to brush it off as nothing more than a bad night here or there.

But, if you’re regularly having sleep issues, it might be time to ask yourself why.

Another overlooked sign of depression is exhaustion. If you feel tired all the time, it could be extra stress and sadness in your life.

Obviously, these two signs go hand-in-hand. But, if you are getting enough sleep and still feeling tired every day, that could be an even bigger red flag to suggest you’re dealing with depression.

2. You Can’t Focus

If you’re having a hard time paying attention throughout the day, consider the reason behind it.

When you’re truly depressed, your brain isn’t working properly. It isn’t functioning the way it should.

As a result, it can be harder to pay attention and focus on things. This could happen at work, at home, or even in casual conversation.

It’s also harder to make decisions when you’re in that state of mind. Which could start to hurt your performance at your job, and affect your relationships.

If you’re feeling like your thoughts are scattered and you can’t focus on one thing, it could be a sign of a mental health problem.

3. You’re Overly-Anxious

Anxiety and depression often go together. It’s not necessarily abnormal to feel a little anxiety here and there. But, if it’s starting to take over your life, it could be a sign of a bigger problem.

If you’ve noticed that you’re worried all the time, that your thoughts are racing, or you even snap at people because of the ‘inner voices’ in your head, you might be struggling with something serious.

There are several causes for anxiety, so it’s important to seek out professional help if you start to feel like your anxious thoughts are becoming a problem.

Recognizing the Signs of Depression

There are many more overlooked signs of depression to consider. Other symptoms of depression include dramatic fluctuations in your weight as well as unexplained aches and pains, to name a few.

To safeguard your mental health, it’s important to be self-aware. You know how your mind and body feel on a daily basis better than anyone else. If you start to feel a change anywhere, take note. Consider what it might really mean.

One of the most important things you can do when dealing with depression is to recognize the signs in the first place.

Signs of depression aren’t always obvious. Stay in tune with your mind and body, paying attention to often-overlooked symptoms.

In doing so, you’ll be able to get the support you need much faster, and eventually, find freedom from your underlying depression.

Please contact me today if you suspect current symptoms to be from depression.

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