There’s never a bad time to receive the treatment you need for mental health issues. If you’re finding that symptoms of your depression are getting in the way of your productivity, compromising your self-confidence or crippling your initiative to live the life you want to live, understand that it’s time to find the help you need.
If you’re struggling to move past sadness and enjoy your everyday life, there will be depression signs to look out for. In this article, we’ve outlined some clear indicators that depression is causing dysfunction in daily tasks so you know when to seek help for depression.
You no longer feel the same passion for the things you love to do
Perhaps you love watching old films, or reading mystery novels, or taking casual walks outdoors. If you’re finding that you no longer register the same love for the activities that you enjoy the most, that’s a clear indication that depression could be taking a toll on your mental health.
If you’ve noticed that you no longer are interested in hobbies you used to love, find yourself making excuses to avoid old interests or are no longer spending time with people who used to participate in the same activities, it could be a sign that something more serious is happening. Lack of ability to enjoy things you previously found exciting is one of the most common depression signs.
Your sleep habits are changing
Depression is more than just a mental state. It often manifests physically, with symptoms like somatic complaints, headaches and sleepiness. If you’ve noticed your regular sleep pattern has changed, professional intervention may be appropriate.
Many people think insomnia is the only sleep difficulty that people face. However, with clinical depression, people tend to find that they are actually oversleeping. There are several reasons for changes in sleep habits. Some people may sleep to avoid the sorrow and other negative feelings that accompany depression. Rest may offer relief from stress. Sleep may also soothe physical aches.
It’s also common for people diagnosed with depression to have poor sleep quality, meaning they wake every few hours and don’t feel rested after a night of sleep. Consistent, quality sleep is essential to your health. If you find yourself chronically over or under-sleeping for at least two weeks, it’s time to chat with your therapist or doctor about the root of sleep issues.
You’ve noticed feelings of guilt or shame
If you’re wondering when to seek help for depression, it’s important to be aware of feelings of worthlessness. Guilt, shame, low self-confidence and similar self-demeaning emotions are hallmarks of depression. In fact, these sensations are the chief symptoms of depression and are likely to be the first addressed in treatment.
While we all feel poorly after making a bad decision, if negative self-worth lingers for a substantial amount of time or feels disproportionate to your mistake, it’s important to address that. Moreover, our opinion of our behavior is often not reality-based. While you may think your actions or appearance are always below the bar, there’s a chance you’re perception is flawed.
Talking with a licensed therapist or counselor can help you manage overwhelming shame and rebuild your self-respect. Treatment for depression will adjust your thought processes until you consider yourself in an objective, but positive manner.
You’ve lost your appetite and experienced changes in your eating habits
Like changes in sleep patterns, your body may be responding to sadness by changes in your appetite. Of all the depression signs, this may happen slowly and unconsciously for you but tends to be more evident to others. Depression can affect what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat and how you feel about food.
If you’ve found yourself to be neglecting nutritious eating habits, interfering with appropriate portion control or decreasing your interest in foods you once found to be delicious, you may need to reach out for help. Managing this symptom of depression can help you to refocus on all-around wellbeing.
You’ve experienced thoughts of self-harm, suicide or homicide
If you’re fighting thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, it’s pertinent that you access care for depression immediately. Even though it may be difficult to take that first step, to admit to yourself, to others and to your medical provider that you need help, it could change the course of your life for the better.
Do not keep dangerous thoughts to yourself or wait for them to escalate to harmful actions. All it takes is 20 seconds of courage to tell someone about your struggles and begin the path to healing, one step at a time.
Finding the help you need to manage your depression
Whether you’ve experienced physical changes like over-sleeping or appetite changes, or mental depression signs like changes in enjoyment, there’s no harm in reaching out for a second opinion from a mental health expert.
At Pyramid Online Counseling, we understand how important it is for you to receive the help you need for the depression symptoms you’re experiencing. Our licensed counselors can provide the right combination of counseling and medication, all at times most convenient for you. Schedule your online counseling appointment today through our secure, online counseling platform, and take the first steps toward conquering depression.