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Depression: The Lesser-Known Symptoms

What comes to mind when we talk about depression? You may envision a long-lasting sadness, a pessimistic attitude, maybe even feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or helplessness. While these are some of the most recognizable symptoms of depression there are many other indicators that you, or someone you know, might be struggling with depression. What are some of these lesser-known indicators?

Some lesser-known symptoms of depression include (

  • Changes in quality of sleep, either sleeping too much or too little to the point of insomnia.
  • Changes in appetite, eating notably less or more than normal.
  • Irritable mood that can lead to angry outbursts that are not characteristic of that person.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in many or all activities that were once enjoyed by the affected person.
  • Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won’t go away.
  • Decreased physical energy that makes completing important tasks difficult.
  • Decreased ability to concentrate, remember information, or make decisions.

Awareness of the less obvious symptoms of depression can be important for monitoring your own mental health and supporting those in your life who may be struggling with depression. If you are experiencing a pattern of symptoms similar to those listed in this post, please call for more information or schedule a time to see one of our experienced counselors.