12 Unexpected Signs of Depression

12 Unexpected Signs of Depression

Depression is a complex mental health condition that can manifest in a variety of symptoms and behaviours – including some that may not fit typical notions of depression. Understanding these symptoms – and what is causing them – is essential in identifying the right kind of treatment.

You probably know that ongoing sadness, hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts may mean that you have depression. However there are other lesser-known signs that can also indicate that someone is depressed:

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Understanding Depression: When You Feel like Something Isn’t Quite Right

Depression, like all mental health conditions, is highly nuanced and can be difficult to identify, particularly if it is someone’s first episode or if it is accompanied by co-occurring disorders. Understanding the different ways in which depression symptoms manifest is an important step in pinpointing depression in you or a loved one.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Persistent feelings of hopelessness or despair
  • Exhaustion
  • Lack of attention to personal grooming, hygiene, safety, or health
  • Changes in weight or appetite
  • Ongoing sadness, anxiety, anger or irritability
  • Compulsive and risky behaviour such as shopping sprees, unsafe sex, or gambling
  • Heightened emotional response to seemingly mundane things
  • Forgetfulness, lack of focus
  • Overuse of the Internet 
  • Substance abuse
  • Loss of interest in things once enjoyed
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Unexplained aches and pains

If you or a loved one is exhibiting some of the symptoms of depression, it is important to consult with a mental health specialist to confirm if depression or another mental health condition is the cause of the symptoms, and to identify effective treatment. Treatment for depression can have a significant and transformative effect on the quality of your life.

What Causes Depression?

Depression is a complicated condition often resulting from the interplay of multiple factors rather than a single cause. Medications, biological factors, psychological factors, and social factors can all feed into depression. Some risk factors for developing depression include:

  • Problems in your relationship or marriage
  • Recent stressful events, such as unemployment, losing a loved one, or divorce
  • Family history of depression
  • Childhood trauma or abuse
  • Being lonely or isolated
  • Having an addiction
  • Experiencing chronic pain or illness

Being able to understand the root causes underlying your depression is critical in determining the right course of treatment, and ultimately giving you the best tools to overcome depression.

Emerging from Depression at The Dawn

The Dawn Mental Health Retreat is an amazing destination to experience your truly selves.

At The Dawn Wellness Centre and Rehab in Thailand, we specialise in residential treatment for  mental health conditions like depression and co-occurring disorders – offering you experienced, personalised support as you learn more about your condition and how to manage it. We uncover the root causes of depression, and then develop ways to treat it both mentally and physically. 

Our treatment approach blends a variety of effective psychotherapeutic techniques with proven wellness practices like yoga, mindfulness meditation, and targeted fitness training. We are also the only residential centre in Asia to offer cutting-edge technologies like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), an FDA approved, non-invasive technology that studies have shown is exceptionally effective in those resistant to the effects of normal depression medications.  

We can help you live a happier, satisfying life. Call The Dawn today to learn more about our unique treatment options.

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