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"Am I Suffering from Depression?"
6 Signs to Watch Out for

"Am I suffering from Depression?"  This question plagues millions of individuals who struggle with feelings of helplessness, fatigue, irritability, self-loathing. 

These are just a few common signs of depression.  But there are other factors to consider. Of course, only a trained mental health professional can make a final diagnosis.  In the meantime, here are six signs you should look out for.


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"Am I Suffering from Depression?"
6 Signs to Watch Out for

1. Things Just Slow Down

When the thick fog of depression looms over you, things just seem to slow down, don't they?  Your movements, emotions and even your thoughts wind down to the point where doing these things takes major effort.

Depression also lessens your ability to concentrate and maintain focus which makes everyday activities even more difficult.  
Activities like getting out of bed can be especially hard because of fatigue, another common symptom of depression.   

2. The Ups and Downs of Sleep

Depression will either make you want to sleep too much or contribute to frustrating insomnia. 

For me, insomnia was a constant nighttime companion.  But there were a few things that helped me. 

My free guide: 8 Insomnia Busting Tips  provides some suggestions for overcoming insomnia.  You can get this free guide by signing up for the Bright Skies Newsletter

3. Automatic Thoughts of Suicide

When things are really bad you may begin thinking the world would be better off without you in it.  Your mind might begin making suicide plans even though you may never go through with these plans.  Seek help if you are feeling suicidal.

4. You neglect Self-Care Routines

If you're really depressed, self-care tends to go out the window.  This means that you may not be as attentive to basic hygiene, you may not want to eat even if you're hungry, household tasks like vacuuming, washing the dishes, etc. isn't even on your radar. 

5. It Hurts Too Much

Depression hurts. No doubt about it. And I'm not just talking about the emotional pain.  I'm talking about physical aches and pains in the form of backaches, headaches, stomach pain. After a while all you want to do is stay in bed with the covers over your head. 

No judgments. I know the feeling. 

This self-care tips are a good idea. 

6. You Just Want Everyone to Leave You Alone

Isolation is a by-product of depression. You may not want to be around anyone, may not feel like returning calls, text messages or emails from friends and loved ones.  Being around people is more difficult than usual. It takes a lot of effort to hold a conversation, smile and enjoy the company of others.  

I hope this article, "Am I Suffering from Depression: 6 Signs to look out for," helps you on your journey towards better mental health.

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This first installment focuses on the link between exercise, diet and good mental health.

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I'll talk about the importance of using relaxation techniques to lift your mood and calm your nerves, which in turn improves mental health. 

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Week 1

This first installment focuses on the link between exercise, diet and good mental health.

Week 2

I'll talk about the importance of using relaxation techniques to lift your mood and calm your nerves, which in turn improves mental health. 

Week 3

This week all about using self-esteem to improve mental health and overall well-being. 

Week 4

This final week presents ways to reduce social media usage. Studies show that over consumption of social media contributes to anxiety and depression.

Click here to start this free e-course!