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6 signs that you may be suffering from crippling depression.

Updated: Jul 16, 2023

Depression is a topic that gets tossed around everywhere and yet is not fully understood by many of us. A lot of articles floating around on the internet seeking to explain the importance of mental health still fail to destroy the stigma surrounding mental health.

The main thesis of this particular article is to discuss the signs of depression and how you can tackle it.

Silence over depression

There are many people who suffer from severe depression, which is a feeling of sadness that prevents you from enjoying life to the fullest.

Most of us are not even aware we suffer from it. In this fast-paced society, we seldom find the real connection every human seeks. Clinical depression can strike you at any age and, intentionally or unintentionally, you could adopt a coping mechanism to deal with it while ignoring your mental health.

The symptoms of depression vary, and so do their methods to deal with it.

Severe depression can be a result of negligence on your part or maybe you have tried to discuss your problems with others but they only brushed it aside with nothing other than ‘’ oh it must be a phase’’ or ‘’it’s nothing that serious’’.

The brain is a complex organ and it gives you a lot of signs that indicate that you should stop gambling on your mental health. Depression can be tricky and hard to track down, so it really comes down to you to track and tackle it. After all, it is you who knows yourself better than anyone else.

The following are some signs of depression-

1. Emotional numbness

Your inability to show emotions is a sign that you are tired of doing so. It’s not because you are incapable of emotions, but because you feel people care less about your feelings, so you keep everything to yourself.

They manipulated you into doing their bidding. You might think that turning off your emotions will protect you from being hurt or taken advantage of. ‘’Don’t burn yourself to keep others warm’’ I hope this quotation helps you with your martyr complex just like it helped with mine.

Hiding from people in depression

2. Lack of interest

You are a victim of harsh criticism from others that has killed every ounce of will and productivity you had before. Nothing makes you curious anymore and you feel demotivated and helpless. You live mostly in an uncomplicated way with a monotonous routine about nothing in particular.

3. The feeling of loneliness

You could be having a blast with your friend’s group or with your family, always making them laugh and being friendly, but as soon as you get inside your room, that loneliness strikes you and you hate that feeling, but you can’t help it. You start to live in a bubble or a safe space with just yourself and your thoughts.

Loneliness in depression

4. Unhealthy coping mechanisms or escapist tendencies

Life can be pretty rough sometimes and thus we often tend to make strategies to avoid or side track our problems. Developing coping or defensive mechanisms can be a highlight of the problem of depression.

When everything in your life is falling apart, you sometimes fake laughter to keep things normal. You don't need to conceal serious mental problems like that. Facing your fears, difficulties and harsh truths can only lead you to actively fight the battle of stress and anxiety.

5. Distancing from yourself

You might not feel like yourself, nor can you feel natural in your body. It also means you are distancing yourself from your friends and family. You start to feel empty and will be unable to take control over your life. This tendency can lead to negativity in life.

Distancing from self

6. Self-harm

There’s so much a person can take and depression can make you do things you couldn’t in your inhibitions think of, like self-harming. When emotions don’t get an outlet, they come out with horrific results.

If you ever get the slightest feeling of inflicting yourself with physical pain, I need you to know that there are people who do care about you. Losing this battle with depression is the last thing you would want to do. Seek help from a therapist, spend time with your family and make journals or diaries with your best friends.

In conclusion

It is essential for me to say that external forces are detrimental to what we feel on an everyday basis. People can be rude sometimes and can often project their own insecurities on others without minding in the slightest how it may affect other people. People calling you egoist or sensitive or over dramatic did numbers on your mental health and eventually broke you like they themselves are.

Lack of sleep in depression

Other subtle signs may include lack of sleep, not feeling hungry, or being constantly distracted.

Although it may be easier said than done, keep a distance from negative people around you who only care about themselves and do not care about you.

Life is a journey full of ebbs and flows, and you'll meet a lot of people who might not want to read you right away, so try to maintain your distance from them.

About the author

Priti Kumari Rajak is a new content writer with an English major. She was born on May 26, 2003, in Kharagpur, West Bengal, and is currently in Bhubaneswar for her graduation. She reads a lot and could probably talk about books all day. She is always eager to learn new skills and never cowers away from hard work. She is a dedicated and orderly individual who has a passion for writing.

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