Everyone at some point in life has felt sad, either because the results we expected have not been entirely favorable, or because of the deat...
Everyone at some point in life has felt sad, either because the results we expected have not been entirely favorable, or because of the death of a loved one, because of economic difficulties, health, family relationships. Endless situations that we experience in this life make us lose the joy in our hearts.
It is totally valid to experience this emotion since it allows us to analyze, learn, and discern the life we lead. However, when that feeling remains for a long time, getting out of control, affecting our physical and emotional health and even our daily activities, it is a sign that something in us is not working properly.
A continuous and habitual sadness can be depression, a serious and common disease that affects our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, causing us to want to get away from others, losing interest in doing different activities; It can even make us believe that life is no longer worth living.
Signs that save lives
In general, people with depression have several episodes; This condition must be treated in time by a specialist since it is controlled with medications and therapies; otherwise, it can lead us to think and threaten our own life.
How to know what depression is and not just sadness
There are some signs to be able to differentiate one thing from another.
1 Not wanting
It is normal that at some point we all want to leave our monotonous, routine, and tired life for a while, and we only want to have a day off to relax, sleep, watch television, etc., it is like wanting to do nothing.
But when it comes to depression, you often don't want to get out of bed for days at a time, losing interest in everyday activities. It's like you don't have the energy to go on and keep striving for your dreams and goals; you have a constant feeling of fatigue and apathy.
2 Void in the soul
Many times you will not be able to identify why you feel like crying, you cannot find a reasonable reason; So out of nowhere a feeling of emptiness, hopelessness, absolute sadness invades you, which remains for a long time.
Your spirits drop, they go to the bottom, your mind fills with negative thoughts, making you believe that everything you live is crap, that you are not happy no matter how hard you try; You will even think that you have no motivation, love, understanding and that life is unfair.
3 Destroying your relationships
Little by little you will withdraw from your friends, family, and anyone around you since you feel uncomfortable and do not want to be with anyone. You will find a quiet place where you can enjoy your solitude, without the need for someone to criticize, judge, or cause any kind of conflict.
You will not have any interest in participating in conversations, going to events, meetings, or celebrations since you will think that there is no point and it is a waste of time, money, and effort.
4 The worst comes out of you
You will perceive that you find yourself in many conflictive situations that alter your emotions; so you will have outbursts of anger, irritability, aggression, or frustration, very constant and in excess. Nothing seems to you, you always act defensive, you even feel that the whole world will be against you, that is why you will easily lose control, bringing out the worst in you.
5 Slow motion movie
It is normal that after a hectic day, full of activities and responsibilities to fulfill, you feel tired and that at the end of the day you feel that you are moving in slow motion, without energy in your whole body. However, when you suffer from depression you will perceive that you will have difficulty reasoning, speaking, and making any body movement.
6 Sleep disturbances
Two things can happen: that you have problems falling asleep and consequently suffer insomnia or the opposite: that you sleep more than normal. Either of the two will make you feel very tired, fatigued, and lacking energy, even from performing small tasks that require little effort.
7 Eating disorders
It is the same as in the previous point, whether you do not feel like eating and therefore lose weight quickly, or on the contrary, your cravings for junk, greasy and sugary food increase, making you gain a few extra kilos.
8 You can't concentrate
You quickly lose focus on whatever you are doing, even for a simple task or conversation in which you are participating; since your mind will be thinking about how little it matters to you to excel or not to make mistakes, since you will have lost interest and meaning in life and the things you do. You may be experiencing emotional exhaustion.
9 "I am guilty of everything"
You do not waste time looking for a culprit, because you will believe that you are to blame for everything bad that happens around you. You will be a very self-critical person, unconsciously hurting your self-esteem, since you will feel yourself being useless, fixing your attention on the failures of the past and the worst thing is that you will constantly reproach yourself.
10 Unexplained physical ailments
Your head will ache constantly, you will feel back pain, you will have digestive problems such as diarrhea or constipation; These ailments have a reason for being since depression affects people's physical health.
What to do
When detecting any of these signs, it is essential to see a mental health professional so that the best treatment is soon sought. Remember that depression when not treated in time can be fatal. Ask for help and lean on your family, loved ones, friends. Depression is not a game!