It’s hard to believe, but a lot of people who are severely depressed and desperate don’t even know they have a problem.
Unfortunately, these people do not even realize the burden of all the negativity and unpleasant emotions that are constantly swirling in their heads.
However, depression is a very real problem. This is now faced by many therapists and psychologists, whose main task is to recognize the symptoms that accompany depression.
Muscle aches, mood swings, anger, self-loathing, abrupt behavior changes, and contempt for everything around you are all signs of depression.
People often hide their true emotions, forget about sadness, try to hide stress behind anxiety, and justify excessive nervousness with psychosomatic changes in the body.
You may be surprised by this fact, but latent depression does happen. There are also a huge number of people who are unaware of their severe depression and ignore the problem.
How to recognize a depressed state?
Over time, depressed people become helpless and embarrassed.
Note that there is not always a clear and objective impulse for depression, such as the loss of a loved one, a difficult separation from the other half, or an unforeseen dismissal.
The main problem is that usually, people in a state of great depression at first glance seem absolutely successful and happy people.
In fact, it is a fairly typical situation in which feelings of dissatisfaction, emotional lethargy, and helplessness become an integral part of our lives.
People who suffer from this type of depression, sooner or later notice that they have stopped doing what used to bring them incredible pleasure. And the reason for giving up favorite hobbies can be a large number of important commitments.
These people begin to perceive everything that happens to them so normally that they gradually get used to their depressed state and learn to live with it.
This is the essence of the problem.
Most symptoms have nothing to do with depression
When depressed people experience complete exhaustion, they finally dare to visit a doctor, but not a psychologist, but a therapist.
Usually in such situations, the doctor immediately prescribes a blood test. After receiving the test results, most doctors recommend more rest, regular intake of vitamins, and proper nutrition.
After a few months, the person returns to the doctor, but this time due to severe back pain. This time you may be advised to visit a traumatologist, physiotherapist, or masseur.
However, when you need to be examined again, you will already complain of insomnia and excessive nervousness. After such complaints, doctors usually prescribe benzodiazepines (sleeping pills).
And finally, trying to stop using psychotropic substances and get rid of addiction to sleeping pills, on the advice of a doctor you will be forced to visit a psychiatrist. It is this specialist who will give you the final diagnosis: depression.
On average, people spend 1-2 years to get the final correct diagnosis. Until then, they may not even suspect what is really happening to them.
Believe me, depression is a much more serious problem than it may seem at first glance.
Stage of denial of the problem
You should not be afraid of the word “depression”. Unfortunately, this term usually causes a strong feeling of disapproval and contempt both from the environment and from the patient himself.
We still live in a world where there is this thought: “Depressed people are miserable. Depression is a common weakness and inability to solve everyday problems”.
Such statements are false. Depression in any form is a disease that requires a comprehensive approach to treatment. Usually, patients with depression have prescribed a set of medications, psychological assistance, and group classes.
Unfortunately, when a person is diagnosed with depression, he feels as if the whole world around him has stopped, and everything is not going according to plan.
Depressed people are not always ready to fight their inner demons, losses, and a broken heart. They delay the release of the brain from obsessive thoughts and negative emotions for as long as possible.
Instead, they try to continue living a normal life just to stay afloat.
Dealing with depression is not always easy. However, one day you will feel that it can not continue, and still dare to overcome depression.
Psychologists identify several key points that help them make the correct diagnosis when they are approached by a depressed person.
Here are some basic signs of depression:
- Constant mood swings;
- Insecurity and the feeling that any of your actions are doomed to failure.
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