5 Lesser-Known Signs You Could Be Depressed

Article By: Suzannah Weiss

Depression can mean a lot of things— it’s not always the stereotype of someone who is constantly sad & can’t get out of bed. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the symptoms of depression are many & varied, w/sadness, hopelessness & decreased energy being just a few.

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In fact, some people w/depression don’t even experience the low, empty mood it’s associated w/according to Smitha Murphy, M.D., a psychiatrist at the Seton Mind Institute in Austin, TX. Some experience lesser-known signs that are easy to miss if you’re not familiar w/the condition in all its iterations. Depression affects specific neurotransmitters in the brain that regulate mood & other functions like sleep & appetite. So, if you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms, you may want to talk to a counselor or doctor about the possibility that they stem from depression.

1. Irritability. Sometimes, depression looks more like anger than sadness. If you find yourself snappy, cranky or quick to lash out at others for no apparent reason, this could actually be bc you’re depressed, Murphy says.

2. Changes in your sleep patterns. You may think of a depressed person as wanting to sleep all day & that is 1 possible manifestation. But another is insomnia or sleep that doesn’t leave you feeling refreshed.

3. Changes in eating habits. Depression can work both ways in terms of your diet as well. Depressed individuals might experience a loss of appetite that leads to weight loss or an urge to eat more for emotional reasons, which could lead to weight gain.

4. Trouble concentrating. Symptoms that you might think of as characteristic of ADD, like making careless mistakes & forgetting obvious information, might stem from depression instead. Having trouble making very basic decisions, like what size coffee to order at Starbucks, could be another sign.

5. Unexplained pain. Sometimes, patients will go to the doctor w/aches & pains that can’t be explained for physical reasons, & the real culprit turns out to be depression, Murphy explains. This may feel like a general achiness throughout the body, while other times, it shows up as back pains or headaches. Either way, physical symptoms should be ruled out before mental health issues are blamed.

Since these issues are interconnected, treating depression often ends up treating multiple symptoms, says Murphy. The trick is just determining where they’re coming from. While not all these problems signify depression for everyone, talking to a professional should help you get to the bottom of it & feeling better.

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