Depression is very common. One of the main causes of depression is stress and in today’s world, stress is simply something which most of us have to deal with. It’s not a nice thing but providing you take the time to look after yourself properly it doesn’t always have to grow into depression. If you’re worried that it has but you’re unsure if you’re suffering from depression or simply having a bad week or two, never fear! The following set of rules will help you to determine whether you should seek the aid of your doctor or simply grit your teeth and plough onwards!
- Hobbies and interests you once had now seem pointless and hollow
You’re no longer interested in the things which you used to love, your friendships seem pointless and your relationships are being forgotten. You might not wish to socialise as much as you did and things like watching TV or reading no longer distract or entertain you like they used to.
- Not a Morning or Afternoon Person
Getting out of bed in the morning becomes much more than simply difficult, it becomes a titanic struggle. Simple chores may seem like mountainous tasks. Things will generally pick up once you’ve got up and gone to work but towards the end of the day, after the sun sets you may start feeling fatigued and worried. Sunday night every night of the week, essentially.
- Changes in what and when you eat
This can affect you in two ways. Either you’ve lost all interest in food and eating because things simply taste like ash in your mouth or you’re eating much more than you used to and cramming it down as fast as you can. It might be hard to notice this yourself but if you realise you’ve suddenly gained or lost weight this could well be why!