In light of the recent high profile deaths in the news, we though it would be wise to highlight some subtle signs of depression. If you or someone you know is displaying these signs, reach out to them. Be brave and ask them what is bothering them. If you yourself are experiencing these symptoms and think it could be related to depression, reach out to someone. A trusted friend, a parent, a counselor, or a medical health professional. Never think you have to go through these struggles alone.
If you or someone you know might be struggling with severe depression and is expressing thoughts or actions of suicide get help or call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24 hours a day.
This article from Psychology Today highlights the Subtle Signs of Depression:
Most people think depression leads to overwhelming sadness. Sometimes, people with depression experience anger and irritability rather than hopelessness and misery. If you've noticed increased irritability—or it seems like the people around you feel like they need to walk on eggshells—don't ignore it. Don't blame your impatience and anger on your stress level or workload. Take a moment to consider the possibility that you may be depressed.
2. Sleep Difficulties
While an occasional restless night or two isn't necessarily a cause for alarm, persistent sleep difficulties or insomnia can be a symptom of depression. Many people with depression struggle to fall asleep, or stay asleep, despite feeling exhausted.
Other people with depression sleep too much: They struggle to wake up in the morning, can't wait to go to bed at night, and often take naps during the day as well. If your sleep habits have changed, it's important to address the possible underlying causes.
3. Aches and Pains
There's a powerful link between your body and your mind. When you're struggling with mental health issues, you're likely to experience physical problems.
Many people are tempted to dismiss unexplained aches and pains as part of the normal aging process, but back pain, headaches, and sore muscles can be signs of depression.
4. Decreased Energy
Depression can zap your energy and cause you to feel lethargic and tired most of the time. Many people dismiss their exhaustion, thinking, "Well, I haven't been sleeping lately," or, "My workload causes me to be tired all the time."
But consider how your energy level may have shifted over time. If small tasks now tire you or take longer to complete, you may be depressed.
Unnecessarily blaming yourself for the events in your life isn't healthy. If you feel guilty about everything, from your divorce all the way back to a fight you got into as a kid, you may be depressed.
Many people with depression also feel worthless. Pay attention to your inner monologue: If it's overly harsh and critical, it could be a sign of depression.
People who look like party animals on the outside are often suffering on the inside. Frequent gambling, risky sexual behavior, and substance abuse may all be attempts to mask unpleasant emotions.
If you or someone close to you has started indulging in new risks lately, it could be a sign of trying to cope with inner turmoil. Unfortunately, these types of unhealthy coping skills will only provide momentary relief—and can make depression worse in the long-term.
7. Concentration Problems
If you're struggling to stay focused, or you feel like you're in a fog, it could be a sign that you're depressed. People with depression are often forgetful and frequently misplace everyday objects, like their keys or paperwork.
Although today's digital world leaves most of us feeling a bit distracted, concentration problems may also stem from mood disorders. If you've noticed a decline in your productivity or you're having difficulty staying on task, consider the possibility that you may be depressed.