4 Signs of Depression that You Might Not Know About
20 Nov 2015
Everyone has days when they are grumpy or sad. And we all experience times when we're so lonely and blue after the death of a friend or family member that we can't imagine how like will ever feel normal again.
These experiences don't necessarily signal the onset of a true clinical depression.
Nineteen million Americans are depressed every year -- up to 25% of women and 12% of men will be diagnosed with clinical depression. But many more may be depressed and not know it. Here are a few signs to help you determine if maybe you could have more of a problem than you thought.
1. Has your use of alcohol increased lately?
Drinking a little more than usual, on a consistent basis, can be a sign that you are subconscious feeling a physical or emotional pain and are trying to numb yourself to being aware of it. Rather than being a sign of becoming an alcoholic, it's possibly a symptom of feeling lost, hopeless, desparately sad, and lonely.
2. Are you spoiling for an argument?
When depression is building up, you might be more likely to easily feel disgruntled and frustrated, and less inhibited in showing it. That can add up to being prone to getting into arguments, especially over really insignificant things. And from there is it all to easy to escalate a verbal conflict into a physical one. This progression is a sign of depression.
3. Do you crave social interaction?
Needing to constantly be with people, filling yourself up with socializing can be a sign of two symptoms of depression -- feeling emotionally empty and fearing being alone. If you can't spend an evening afterwork by yourself, this could be a clue that a depression might be creeping up on you.
4. Can't take a compliment?
People who are getting depressed have a low sense of self-esteem. They don't believe anything they do is worth much, and they won't believe it when told something they have done is good. Even if you can manage a smile and a thank you when someone compliments you, if inside you are saying to yourself, "yeah but....", or whispering "if they only knew the real truth....", this inability to see your good deeds through another eyes is a sign you may need some help before depression gets worse.