As we grew up, we were told to eat our veggies because it’s good for us. We were told to exercise because it’s good for us, and to go to the doctor once a year for a check-up because it’s good for us. We’re constantly told to take care of ourselves physically. In every commercial we watch or magazine we flip through, there are always countless ways to get into shape or lose weight or some new food trend that is the answer to perfect health.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for our mental health. In fact, talking about mental health can feel a bit taboo– despite the fact that it’s as important (if not more) than our physical health. Taking care of yourself mentally is important for living a healthy life, and there’s nothing wrong with treating it as a priority.
Unfortunately, mental health can often take a backseat in many people’s lives.
Because it’s not physical, it can be a complicated issue. Many of us might not even realize something’s wrong.
Depression can be sneaky.
It can hit you one day, out of nowhere, or it can build and build until one day you can’t get out of bed.
There are signs that can be helpful in pin-pointing depression.
It’s important to know that depression looks different to everyone. It’s always recommended to speak to a medical professional if you are suffering any symptoms of depression.
Here are a few habits that may be symptoms of clinical depression.
It’s hard to find joy in anything.
As human beings, there are certain things that make us happy. But if we’re not mentally healthy, those things that make us happy may no longer bring us the joy they once did.
Losing joy and feeling listless can be a sign of depression.
Sometimes you can’t describe why you don’t find joy in things anymore, either.
You hop from one new interest and hobby to the next.
Some people think that being depressed means never getting out of bed.
But that’s not always the case.
Depression can manifest in always starting new hobbies and interests.
If you’re trying to stuff down your feelings, it’s possible that you will hop from one hobby to the next in order to fill a void.
You have extremely inconsistent eating and sleeping habits.
Loss of appetite and inability to sleep can be signs of depression.
Healthy sleeping and eating patterns are very important for being in a good mental space.
If you’re constantly tired and aren’t eating properly, your symptoms of depression can increase drastically.
You’re afraid to tell anyone about your depression.
Depression can be a burden. It can sit with a heavy weight on your shoulders, and take over everything.
It can also be really scary to talk to anyone about your depression.
Thinking about how friends and family will react to depression can keep people who are suffering from opening up.
It becomes a vicious cycle of repression.
It’s easy to fake happiness.
A lot of people with depression are really good at seeming like they aren’t depressed.
Sometimes the person who is the life of the party is actually the person hiding their depression.
A person suffering from clinical depression can become very skilled at perfecting a mask of happiness.
Death becomes an obsession.
Often wondering what the point of life is can be a symptom of clinical depression.
Things can feel so overwhelming that all you think about is not existing anymore.
It’s also really easy for someone to say to a person with depression, “Just talk to someone about it.”
But it’s a lot harder than that.
Sometimes those who suffer the most are the most creative.
There’s even been extensive research that has shown that people who suffer with depression are artists, writers and musicians.
People with depression can go through great lengths to deal with their depression, and sometimes that can manifest in creativity.
Depression is complicated and layered.
It’s easier to lie about your depression than to tell the truth about it.
There’s always an excuse or some other reason for unhealthy behavior.
It’s easier to push down your feelings than to be open about it.
Depression is tricky and sometimes hard to identify, because it can be concealed.
You feel out of control.
Feeling helpless is common with depression. It can feel like everything is out of your hands.
When things are in your control, you feel calmer.
But when things feel incredibly overwhelming and stressful, it can feed into the depression.
Your problems feel like they’ll never be fixed, everything feels like it’s falling apart, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
You understand other people in pain.
It’s easy to feel connected to others in turmoil.
You have empathy for others suffering depression.
You feel for others who are suffering the way you are.
You’re a perfectionist.
Striving for perfection is impossible. Nobody is perfect, so you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Striving for having everything perfect is a recipe for disaster.
The last thing you want is for others to think that you’re weak.
Your relationships have changed.
Depression doesn’t only affect one person– it affects everyone around you.
Depression can be isolating.
It’s easy to push people away– especially the people you love.
Depression can affect anyone.
It doesn’t matter who you are. Anyone can suffer from depression.
Mental health should not be a taboo subject.
So often our society doesn’t want to talk about mental health and the importance of self-care.
But we have to talk about it.
Mental health is important to everyone.
And it’s important to know that you’re not alone.
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