health-and-wellness

If you recognize these 6 symptoms in yourself, you may be suffering from depression

Sadness and distress aren't the only symptoms of depression. Sometimes, the symptoms can be harder to identify. Keep reading to find out what they are.

If you recognize these 6 symptoms in yourself, you may be suffering from depression

Sadness and distress aren't the only symptoms of depression. Sometimes, the symptoms can be harder to identify. Keep reading to find out what they are.
  • Depression is a mental health issue that affects how you feel, how you act and how you think. Symptoms like deep sadness, disinterest in things you previously liked, lacking energy and having extremely low self-esteem can affect those with depression, according to the American Psychiatric Association.

  • If you recognize some of these symptoms in yourself, you may be suffering from depression without even knowing it - after all, depression isn't just feeling sad all of the time. Depression can have a huge impact on your life, but diagnosis and support from others can help. It's important to know your symptoms and seek professional help. Read through these points to see if they sound familiar:

  • 1. The zombie effect

  • It's easy to assume that someone is suffering from depression when they show signs of severe sadness or lacks motivation. In some cases, however, depression can cause a person to feel no emotions at all. They assume a cold or absent position toward situations that would normally cause him or her sadness or joy. The zombie effect, or total lack of all emotion, is a clear symptom of depression, according to Health Central.

  • Advertisement
  • 2. Immersion in social networks

  • According to a study done by the Journal of Clinical and Social Psychology, research shows a close relationship between social network addiction and depression. The study talks specifically about the amount of time people spend on Facebook. People with higher rates of depression tend to use social networks as an escape from reality, or to fill the void caused by lack of real social interaction. Likewise, excessive use of Facebook causes people with depression to compare their lives with the "perfect" lives of others portrayed on social media.