Statistics have shown that depression is not just a mental disorder. Clinical studies have shown that a major percentage of persons report to their doctor visit for aches and pains. Mood disorders can show up with definite physical symptoms. You may notice that things that have always brought you joy and happiness no longer interest you. You may have become passive to your favorite activities and hobbies. These may definitely be red flags. Often people with depressive or anxiety disorders may also be substance abusers. If you use drugs or alcohol to help treat these feelings it is suggested that you get help immediately.
Several of my friends who deal in therapy daily tell me that people should not overlook sleeping irregularities, insomnia, oversleeping, intermittent sleep patterns. These are things you should consult your physician about if you are experiencing them.
We all go through food binges at one time or another… Whether we wish to admit it or not. Some people binge on sweet, others on salty. I personally never lost appetite, except for the Covid. So I have to watch on the binging issue. Just know that significant changes in appetite and weight can signal signs of depression. Again consult your physician or therapist.
There are unacceptable limits of feeling guilt or self reproach. Deep feelings such as these can often be a red flag to depression. If you constantly feel worthless and have thoughts that you don’t deserve love, this can spiral into a bigger problem.
If this spirals into thoughts of self harm or death please seek immediate help. You, me, everyone deserves help when these feelings arise. Get that help sooner rather than later. You are loved whether you are able to accept that or not. Namaste, The Queen Cronista