‘Am I depressed or just feeling sad?’ Are you asking yourself this question? Many people who are feeling down usually wonder about this. In this article, you’ll find useful information that can help you identify whether you’re truly depressed or probably experiencing something else.
Are you trying to find an explanation of the changes in how you feel, act and think? Has someone else pointed this out to you, which made you start thinking about it? Have you been diagnosed with clinical depression by your healthcare provider? If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then it can be a good idea to educate yourself more about what depression is, in order to help you understand better what you’re going through. Realize that it’s your responsibility to find out whether or not the diagnosis given to you is true or not.
Depression is considered as one of the most common mental health problems today. In fact, statistics show that more than 121 million people worldwide are affected by depression. And because it’s common, depression may be given out as a quick diagnosis to those who are experiencing low moods.
However, there are cases when a depression diagnosis can be wrong. Studies reveal that the rate of depression misdiagnosis is considerably high nowadays.
Signs that may appear like depression
It’s important to realize that there are several signs that can appear like depression, and yet they’re not. So, even if you’ve been diagnosed with clinical depression, it may not always mean that you’re truly depressed.
- Too much or too little sleep – Lack of proper sleep can leave you feeling exhausted and lethargic. This can have a significant effect on how your mind functions, which can make you feel like you’re depressed.
- Chronic Stress – Putting yourself under a constant ‘stress overload’ can leave you feeling and looking depressed. Most people who are stressed out may experience poor concentration, inability to make decisions and have feelings of frustration. In worst cases, too much stress can make you feel numb and can lead to depression. If your low mood is due to chronic stress, then what you need is to educate yourself about how to properly manage your stress.
- Chronic Boredom – Anyone can simply feel bored. It can sometimes be easy to get yourself into ‘boring habits’ that don’t necessarily stimulate your mind and engage your body. However, some people just no longer find enjoyment in their daily activities, and may eventually suffer from boredom.
How do you feel about what you do every day? Do you find it stimulating? If you’re bored with what you do, then this could make you feel like you’re depressed. It’s important to realize that antidepressants aren’t the solution to your boredom. The solution is to look for interesting and stimulating things that you can add into your life.
Do you recognize any of these issues in your life? Or perhaps there could be other things in your life that previously brought you pleasure that you’re no longer enjoying. Help yourself by doing something about solving these life issues. Continue to educate yourself more about depression as well. Keep in mind that help is out there and that there are lots of things you can do to help lift yourself up and be happy once again.