We have all had days where we feel lazy, and we just don’t have the energy resources to do anything, so we decide to indulge in a ‘lazy day’ and stay in our PJ’s, bingeing on Netflix, consuming junk food, catching up with friends via social media, napping and just enjoying chilling out. But once our batteries are recharged, and we have had enough of lazing around, we pick ourselves up off the couch, shower, freshen up and look forward to socializing and getting back to face-to-face interactions and activities.
For someone dealing with depression, however, their emotional and physical battery remains flat, and no amount of ‘lazy days’ seems to help, and whereas taking time out for yourself should be an enjoyable experience, someone suffering from depression does not have feelings of joy, relief, or self-care, in fact, they feel the quite the opposite and may experience feelings of guilt and even self-loathing.
Unfortunately, even though depression is one of the most common mental health conditions seen by primary care physicians today, the stigma that still surrounds mental illness causes many people suffering from this condition to rather keep it a secret for fear of being judged or ridiculed, and choose to not seek out the help they need, which regrettably could lead to a multitude of further problems.
Here are 5 symptoms and warning signs to look out for, that may indicate that someone could be struggling with depression.