Many people struggle with depression. I am one of them. I have shared about my struggle here.
Over time, I am slowly beginning to learn the early warning signs/symptoms of when I am heading towards a time of depression. The warning signs/symptoms tell me that I need to get help or I need to stop or I need to change certain things or I need to do all of the above.
These warning signs/symptoms don’t necessarily prevent my me from having a time of depression but they do help give me the edge and stamina to run through it.
Six warnings signs of depression
1. Sense of hopelessness.
I start to believe that life is not getting any better and I see little or no hope for improvement. My thoughts begin to become tainted with pessimistic views of myself and I begin to feel apathetic and melancholy.
2. Difficulty concentrating.
I begin to find it difficult to stay focused for a prolonged period of time. I find it hard to read and be creative.
3. Decision making comes hard.
I begin to feel ambivalent and I have lots of uncertainty about what I should or should not be doing. Little decisions begin to feel like big decisions.
Everything begins to rub me the wrong way. I find myself getting upset with my family and others more.
5. Lowered activity levels.
I begin to have NO motivation to exercise, get out or do anything for that matter. Everything becomes a huge task. All I want to do is crash on the couch and do NOTHING.
6. Aches and pains.
I begin to experience more headaches, stomach aches and heartburn. My whole body just seems to hurt all over.
These are my warning signs; others may have different ones because the symptoms of depression can vary from person to person.
What are your warning signs/symptoms that tell you that you’re heading toward depression?
***** This was first posed on February 4, 2010. I decided to repost it because this is an ongoing struggle for me and I hope this is helpful for someone else who is struggling with depression.