If you feel like you might have depression then you must know that the symptoms mentioned below must continue for at least 2 weeks and two of those symptoms must be: diminished interest in activities and depressed mood most of the day.
Mental health is something we should not take lightly, it can affect our daily lives more than we can imagine. Our ability to work, function and act as a human can be compromised. The cognitive and the physical are not separable. In order to keep your brain healthy, you need to keep your body healthy and vice versa. I’ve witnessed intelligent people, with an IQ level above average destroy their lives because they had depression and they decided to cope up with it on their own.
If you have these symptoms, it is best that you consult a doctor before it gets out of your hands. Dealing with such stuff can be troublesome but it is not impossible. A qualified doctor can help you control your seizures and make you a healthier person.
You constantly feel some sort of sadness
You can feel depressed even when nothing tragic is happening in your life. Overwhelming sadness can ruin your day and adversely affect your week and even your month. This happens when you work more than you should when you are not taking a break. Or something else is bothering you.
If you are tensed about a breakup or toxic relationship, you should do something about it. Let me tell you something about life, things which are not meant to be yours will never be yours, no matter how much you cry about it. Moving on is a part of life, you can move on and let the pain pass you by like an old friend. Which is the wise thing to do, to let go.
Your self-esteem is breaking
For us, self-esteem is everything, it builds us up and it breaks us down. One thing that I have learnt so far is that never shoot below your aim. You should always aim high and try your best to reach your goals. Once you start settling for the ordinary, it becomes a habit which you will have some trouble shaking off. Always prioritize yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. We should always make compromises where the compromise is worth it.
You no longer have interest in doing your favorite activities
It could also be any other activity, you just lose interest to do anything. You loved reading or swimming, but lately you feel like it is something you should not be doing. You don’t feel any thrill while doing things that you love to do. Like hanging out with your friends doesn’t comfort you anymore. This can be one of the most vital symptoms of depression.
Your concentration level is declining
Do you feel like your mind is always distracting you towards something which is not productive at all? Do you phase out and your mind goes blank while you’re working on something?
If this happens to you often, it means your brain isn’t functioning well.
You feel like you’re lacking energy most of the day
Small tasks wear all your energy, like climbing stairs get you tired and you feel like you don’t have the energy to do anything else. This results in you procrastinating work that you should do, which will later result in regret and a bunch of work you’ll have to do in a short period.
Your academic performance seems to be declining
Whether be your studies or your performance at work, if it keeps declining, that means something you’re doing is not right. This might be of two reasons, either you’re having trouble concentrating or you’re not doing what you need to do. If it’s the latter then you need to switch lines and if it’s not, then you need to consult your college/office psychologist, seeking help.
Feelings of anxiety are increasing
Anxiety has many forms, you need to make sure what is making you anxious. If it has become a habit now, you’re in grave danger. You should seriously see someone about it. Anxiety can destroy one’s personality and their ability to function. Fear of the unknown which might not even happen can drive you insane. Try to point out at things which trigger your anxiety, is it someone’s behavior or someone’s memory that haunts you. That might help you drive the pain out.
You’re beginning to get suicidal ideation
Every person has an existential crisis once in a lifetime, it is okay. Suicidal thoughts are not normal but they happen to almost everyone you know. They might not share their pain but we all have to deal with it. It can happen because of a financial crisis or parting away from loved ones.
Suicidal thoughts are something you should not try to deal with on your own, consult a doctor or at least share your feelings with the people who love you. They might help you see a door out of it.
Your mood now revolves around frustration, irritation or aggression
You get easily irritated by people and get furious over little things. This happens when you’re not in the right phase. This happens to a lot of people. When you’re frustrated and your mind has several stuff which it is dealing with, you tend to get annoyed by people and point out their evident stupidity. In such a period, it is essential that you try to calm yourself and let go of things that are bothering you.
Your memory is getting affected
Do you have trouble remembering the names of people you just met? Do you often forget things which were on your mind all day and all of a sudden you go blank?
This happens when your neural system is not functioning properly. Something is damaging your brain resulting less or no supply of serotonin. This can easily be dealt with by reading books and trying to concentrate your attention on specific things.