6 Subtle Signs of Depression

According to the World Health Organization (2018), depression is the number 1 leading cause of disability worldwide with more than 300 million people affected by it. Each of us has likely felt the common symptoms of depression at one point or another. Perhaps you have experienced feelings of sadness accompanied low self-esteem and/or loneliness and defined it as depression. Depression is commonly thought of as this ominous shadow of sadness following you throughout the day. Nonetheless, there are several other less obvious signs of depression that should not be ignored.


1.      You’re easily frustrated

Irritability is a common symptom of depression. When depressed, you may notice your patience wears thin easily and you may find yourself lashing out at your loved ones. This could also make you feel guilty for your actions, resulting in a drop in self-esteem, and therefore increased feelings of sadness.


2.      Your sleep schedule is off

One of the key indicators of depression for a mental health professional is hypersomnia or insomnia. You may be sleeping more than usual and have a difficult time getting out of bed.  You may also have a difficult time sleeping and spend your nights tossing and turning.


3.      Your appetite has changed

Another key indicator is appetite change. This could be an increase or a decrease in your appetite. You may “stress eat” or you may have no appetite for food whatsoever. Further, you may experience significant weight loss or gain without effort to do so.


4.      You can’t seem to concentrate

Inability to concentrate is often thought of as an attention problem. However, diminished ability to concentrate and indecisiveness are common symptoms of depression. Perhaps this is because your thoughts are centered on your feelings of sadness and it is difficult to focus on events in the here and now.


5.      You aren’t interested in your favourite things

When you are experiencing depression, you may experience anhedonia – a decreased ability to experience pleasure. This often affects your ability to enjoy things you normally love. For example, dancing may be your passion, but you cannot seem to find the motivation to go out and dance. Or you may enjoy watching documentaries, but you have no interest in watching them at the moment.


6.      Your movements are slowed

Psychomotor retardation is also a sign of depression. Others may observe that your movements are slowed or reduced. Your emotional reactions may also be reduced and you may speak slowly. Psychomotor agitation can be a sign of depression too. You may pace around the room, talk quickly, or restlessly tap your feet.


If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of depression, it is important to reach out for help. There are many psychotherapy centers in the Los Angeles area, including Echeveria Psychotherapy Center, that offer services for individuals experiencing depression.


If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Adriane Kruer