Most people are accustomed to the fact that depression is a process during which a person suffers, does not want to live, constantly cries, has lost will power, has forgotten how to rejoice, is not able to survive traumatic events. However, a depressive state can be characterized not only by such manifestations. Sometimes, a person is depressed, and does not even know about it. Also, people close to him are not aware of this, taking behavioral habits, its strange or biased manifestations for personality traits. What else, besides depression and unwillingness to live, indicates that a person is depressed?
How does depression develop
The occurrence of depression in humans is due to exogenous and endogenous manifestations. In the first case, depression can occur due to stress, dissatisfaction with oneself and life, psychological trauma, violence – any event that occurs outside and has an impact on the psyche and consciousness. Treatment of depressive manifestations of this type may be limited to psychological help, if the client remains objective, is responsible for his actions, is ready to accept the help of a psychologist, his behavior is not threatening his life or the lives of others. Also for the complex treatment of depression using antidepressants.
In the early development of endogenous depressed genetic predisposition. A person, in this case, against the background of a decrease in the hormones serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, experiences suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and indecision.
In severe cases, treatment is not only antidepressants, but also consultation and maintenance of a psychiatrist or psychotherapist, sedatives and nootropic drugs.
Habit of being angry and annoyed
The manifestation of negative emotions is not uncommon in everyday life. However, they do not always act as character traits. Depression manifests itself not only as a decrease in performance and fatigue. A person can remain active, however, everything he encounters causes irritation and anger in him. He is literally angry with everything he faces in the morning: inclement weather, spilled coffee, forgotten things, a belated call, a change in the mood of loved ones. Any external manifestations can cause violent negative emotions in a latent depressive state. He is inclined to dramatize and exaggerate the significance of the events that happen to him and to which he, being healthy, would react differently.
What to do? “Stop” and think about – what life situations and events are incomplete, cause pain and many other negative emotions? Most likely, they require permission, however, due to the fact that a person ignores them, they “get out” through short temper, irritability, anger.
Substitution of feelings and emotions
Depression is the experience of heavy feelings. When this becomes unbearable, a person turns to a psychologist for help. However, he often hides pain, fear, sadness behind other manifestations, such as carelessness, gaiety, indifference, willpower. “I don’t care,” he says, trying to smile, joke, or ignore the problem. In such situations, the risk of a sudden emotional breakdown and even suicide increases, when to pretend that “everything is fine” is no longer possible.
What to do? To understand that being depressed is not a shame, it is normal to experience crises and failures, stop hiding from yourself, listen to your desires and needs and find an opportunity to help yourself.
Habit of being guilty
“It’s my fault!” Is often heard from people who tend to take to heart everything that happens to them and the people around them. They believe that they are responsible for everything and, if negative things happened in life, they did not inspect it and did not take action in time. Such a feeling of own omnipotence is very harmful for the psyche, distorts reality, leads to the formation of the habit of being always on the alert, suffering more and more often than the situation requires.
What to do? Seek help from a psychologist. The feeling of guilt deprives energy, immerses it even more into gloomy thoughts, does not allow one to move forward, develop and take care of oneself.
Restraint and equanimity
Sometimes, the habit of being an “iron man” who does not care for anything indicates a hidden manifestation of depression. The desire to “keep the last of strength”, only in order not to show their invulnerability, may indicate that a person has endured for too long and did not express painful feelings.
In this case, attempts to hide the depressive manifestations will be the desire to “close” from contact with people, “put on a mask” of indifference, always look restrained and unshakable.
What to do? Give up habits hide emotions. Allow yourself to feel. Give the right to express pain, sadness, anger, frustration. Only by accepting oneself unconditionally, with all the emotional manifestations, does a chance appear to find inner harmony and live happily.
Sleep and lifestyle
Sleep is an important part of life. When he is not in order, this may indicate depressive and even psychotic manifestations. Insomnia, nightmares, shallow sleep, experiences of past events, obsessive thoughts and pictures in the head – all this accompanies a person when his emotional state is unstable. If you ignore sleep disorders as a symptom of depression, it can lead to apathy, chronic fatigue, hallucinations, delirium.
What to do? You should not expect that the emotional state will improve by itself. A timely appeal to a specialist will help to get rid of depression and improve sleep. In addition, the help of a therapist, a psychologist, taking sedatives help to establish the causes of sleep problems.
Depression and illness
If a person does not allow himself to express painful emotions, hides feelings deep inside himself, then he runs the risk of facing psychosomatic diseases. Psychosomatics is the body’s reaction to the manifestations of the psyche. The cause of the disease in this case will not virus and bacteria that cause poor health, and psychological trauma. The more serious and “older” the injury, the more painful the symptom may manifest – headaches, allergies, heart and stomach pains can be in the form of psychosomatic diseases.
What to do? Do not “close” the feelings inside and do not wait until they begin to declare themselves illnesses. If there are signs of dissatisfaction with life, oneself, others, one should seek psychological help – this will help to “unload” the psyche and not provoke psychosomatic diseases.
A good understanding of your feelings and needs, contact with yourself is the best prevention of depression and all the symptoms that indicate its occurrence.