One of the hardest aspects of suffering from depression is recognizing the symptoms and being able to admit that you are experiencing them. There are many different signs that you may have this very common condition. If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms in conjunction with another, you may want to consider visiting the medical office of Dr. Elena Riedo. With two locations(Roanoke and Bedford) we can have you on the path to recovery in no time.
1. Fatigue
Feeling tired every once in a while is completely normal. Maybe you didn’t sleep well last night or maybe your workout was a little more intense today than it normally is. However, a consistent feeling of being tired may be something to be concerned with. Most often a lack of motivation accompanies this fatigue, making it nearly impossible to accomplish even the simplest of tasks.
2. Changes In Appetite & Weight
Whether you have been overeating or have a complete loss of appetite, it is important to notice when your eating habits have changed. Weight gain and weight loss are normally very good indicators of feeling unhappy or discontent.
3. Physical Pain
This may seem unlikely but often people experience unexplainable physical symptoms when experiencing depression. Whether it is dull aching in the abdomen or recurring headaches, your body is trying to relay a message to you that something isn’t right.
4. Colors Appear Duller
Oddly enough, depression can affect the way you see the world around you. Often people find after they have been treated for depression that things they see everyday seem more vivid and colorful because they are not being weighed down by the burden of their condition.
5. Social Withdrawal
People often find that socializing with others is the last thing they want to do when they are depressed. If you have been spending a lot of time alone and still feel as though you want to be isolated, it may be time to seek professional help.
Remember, there is no shame in admitting you are suffering from depression. Over 20 million people in America alone deal with this condition. If you feel like you need help, call the offices of Dr. Elena Riedo today! There is help available.