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5 signs that may mean you are heading for depression

5 signs that may mean you are heading for depression

Depression is a medical condition that affects how people feel and act. It can lead to emotional as well as physical problems and can impact all spheres of life, personal, social and work-related. What are the ‘red flags’ we can look out for which may help us realise that we are heading in that direction?


1. Changes in sleep patterns

It’s a catch-22 situation; lack of sleep can contribute to depression, and depression can make it more difficult to sleep. Sleeping too much, a general lack of energy or feeling tired (fatigue) can also be a sign that you may have depression.


2. Feeling hopeless

We all feel down sometimes (the world isn’t always a kind place). Some people with depression, however, display a trait called ‘depressive realism’. They start to believe that nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing they can do to improve their situation. And feel worthlessness, self-hate, or inappropriate guilt. People with depression may also be more pessimistic. Some people with depression will hide their symptoms with what is called ‘forced happiness’, but sometimes, the mask may slip, and they will show signs of sadness, hopelessness, or loneliness.


3. Anger or irritability

You may feel irrationally agitated, restless, or even violent. Everything gets on your nerves and your mood changes constantly.


4. Alcohol / drug use

Some people with depression may use alcohol or drugs to cope with their feelings of sadness.


5. Physical pain / ailments

Depression often manifests itself physically as wee as mentally/emotionally. Physical symptoms of depression to look out for include headaches, backache and digestive problems. Weight and appetite can also fluctuate for people with depression. Some people will have an increased appetite and gain weight, while others will lose their appetite and will lose weight.


The Richmond Foundation supports people experiencing mental health problems throughout their journey towards well-being. If you think you need help, contact them via their website https://www.richmond.org.mt/


Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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Last modified on: September 25, 2019

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