You feel like a burden to everyone around you
Here you are. Sitting in your bedroom, feeling particularly low, but you don’t know why. You feel like reaching out, but looking at your phone, you don’t know who to call. The thoughts begin to race; 'you’re such a burden to everyone’. Feeling like a burden to those around you is a very common symptom of depression. The need to talk about feelings has left you feeling dependent on others and in turn, weak within yourself. This feeling is not your fault. This is a symptom of depression.
Many people don’t realise that low levels of chronic irritability and anger can mask underlying depression. Constant irritability is also a symptom of depression seen in teenagers and children, one that could be written off as normal growing pains or teenage behaviour. Anger is what is known as a secondary emotion, this means that it is the second emotion you feel after your primary emotion. This, therefore, means that your anger is a defence mechanism for the hurt, embarrassment or sadness you feel. Because sometimes anger is easier to express than sadness.
Lack of interest in the in the world around you
A question we must ask ourselves is, what does my social life look now compared to 6 months ago? A classic symptom of depression is a presence of withdrawal and loss of interest in the world around you. Did you use to partake in an activity you were passionate about and now you don’t? Did you use to have a circle of friends that you now haven’t seen in weeks or months? We all have times when we feel a bit more introverted than usual, but when people have clinical depression, they can lose the sense of pleasure they used to get from their favourite activities or from engaging with others. This isolation can make it harder for friends and loved ones to see the other symptoms of depression a person may be exhibiting, which makes it more difficult to know when a person needs help.
As tired as you may be, if you’re depressed you might also have trouble sleeping. Marked changes in sleeping patterns, like insomnia or increased time spent sleeping, is another symptom of clinical depression.
In closing, depression is treatable. Jessica Leigh CBT has seen 100% recovery rate in depression, and can work within all budgets. For more information on how counselling can help you. Please request a callback today via our home page. We would love to hear from you.