It is normal to have a lot of ups and downs in life; that is just a part of how our bodies and minds function. But, if you have been noticing a consistency in feeling down, upset, anxious, or nervous, there could be something else going on that needs your immediate attention.
There is a lot of misinformation surrounding anxiety and depression. Many people believe that those who suffer from these mental health issues stay in bed all day and are unable to function. And while these are two symptoms of severe depression, the truth is that anxiety and depression are different in every single person they affect. Here are some hidden signs that you may be suffering from depression or anxiety.
- Anger that seems to pop up out of nowhere. Have you noticed yourself having a short fuse? Becoming angry or frustrated over seemingly small matters can mask unhappiness and a depressive disorder.
- Lost of interest in things that used to bring you happiness. If you suddenly don’t have an interest in the activities that have brought you joy in the past, this is a pretty significant sign you may be suffering from a chemical imbalance. Of course, interests come and go, but if you notice this happening with a few different activities, make sure to get some extra help.
- Changes in appetite. This can be either an increase in overeating or undereating. A significant change is worth exploring more with a psychologist.
- Restlessness. It is easy to feel anxious or nervous when suffering from depression, and consistent restlessness even in comfortable environments can be a sign that something is off.
- Trouble thinking and concentrating. Your mind can be in a ton of places at once if you have depression and/or anxiety, so it is not uncommon to have trouble thinking or concentrating in everyday situations. This is more than just a constant mind fuzziness, as it can be serious and debilitating.
Depression can develop at any age, but the median age of onset is 32.5 years old. If you are noticing any or all of these symptoms, please consider therapy for depression and anxiety to help you cope with your illness. Remember, mental illness is common and is not something you should feel ashamed of at all.
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