Nearly seven percent of Americans struggle with depression every year. At first blush, depression can feel a lot like grief, stress, or just plain old sadness, causing sufferers to delay treatment. But depression tends to get worse over time, and the longer you wait to seek help, the more difficult it may become to get better. This is further complicated by the fact that everyday stress can sometimes cause depression. Not sure whether it's depression or something else? Consider reaching out to a therapist. If you're not ready for therapy, consider these common symptoms of depression.
When you're feeling stressed or sad, you can count on feeling better when things get better. But depression tends to linger, even when life is good. Sure, you might get a temporary boost from an award at work or a night out on the town, but with depression, odds are good you'll be feeling miserable again in a day or two.
Depression Gets Worse
Most painful emotions tend to get better over time, especially if they're the result of a specific traumatic event. Your sense of shame over losing your job will likely be worse the day it happens than it is three months down the road, for example. Depression, though, tends to spiral, getting steadily worse with each passing day.
Depression is More Than Sadness
Many people mistakenly believe that, to be depressed, you have to cry all the time. But some people with depression—especially men, who are raised to hide their feelings, may not feel sad at all. Some other common symptoms of depression include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
- Changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Problems in your relationships
- Feelings of shame, guilt, worthlessness, or hopelessness
- Drug/alcohol abuse
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