Our bodies provide us with a wide range of signals and queues to let us know when something is wrong from running a fever when we are sick to changes in our sleeping patterns and more. Understanding these signals can help provide us with better insight about our emotional, mental, and physical well-being, and when we should seek help from a healthcare provider or a therapist in Toronto.
One emotion everyone, including tweens, teens, adults, and seniors experience is depression. Short periods of depression, like being passed over for a promotion at work, losing a job, going through a breakup or divorce, or the loss of a loved one, are perfectly normal. There has been a major change that affected our outlook on life and it does take some time to readjust ourselves to properly address and deal with the change in a constructive manner.
When short-term depression continues to foster and it does not feel like things are improving, you need to be concerned, as there are several underlying symptoms which will further affect your health, mental state, and well-being. Some of the more common symptoms associated with depression, one might experience includes:
- Changes in Sleep Patterns – You oversleep, wake up numerous times during the night, or have problems falling asleep.
- Changes in Eating Patterns – You notice you have a lack of appetite and are not eating or eat and snack constantly.
- Changes in Weight – An extreme loss or gain of weight in a short period of time.
- A Loss of Interest in Personal Activities – Things you once enjoyed no longer hold your interest or bring your enjoyment.
- Constant Feelings of Irritability and Anger – The “little things” anger you quickly or easily “get on your nerves.”
- A Lack of Energy – You find you have no energy to do anything and even attempting to do simple tasks leaves you feeling exhausted.
- Body Aches and Pains – You notice the types of aches and pains you experience and their duration and frequency have increased, like headaches, stomach upset, or muscle discomfort in the shoulders and neck.
- Harsh Self-Criticisms – You blame yourself for your shortcomings and start to find faults in everything you do.
- Concentration and Memory Problems – You find you are forgetting important things and it is difficult to focus on tasks or make vital decisions.
- Feeling Helpless – You feel like no matter what you do, things will never get better.
- Recklessness – You start behaving more recklessly without regard for the risks/consequences of your actions.
It is worth mentioning depression affects everyone differently. As such, it is not uncommon for some people to only experience a few of the above symptoms, while others experience a much broader range. Regardless, if you notice any of these seems to be long lasting and starting to impact your livelihood and outlook on life, it is time to seek outside help from a licensed therapist, like me, Ellen Starr. Call my office at 416-488-3102 now to request a consultation and assistance in regaining control over your life!