Are you wondering if you have signs of depression? Some symptoms are pretty apparent such as sad mood, crying spells or even thoughts of wanting to killl yourself.
But their are many signs that most people wouldn't associate with a major depression.
Here are a few characteristics you might want to look for:
1. You find yourself acting out in anger, lose patience over little things or feel frustrated more often than you have in the past.
Some people, find they no longer have the patience they used to have. They may find themselves yellinging at their kids, shouting profanities at a driver who cut them off, or feel small problems set off an angry tirade at their spouse.
If you have little patience for everyone and everything, become frustrated at the drop of a hat and know this is not your usual emotional disposition, you might be going through a significant despondency.
2. You find you are isolating yourself and withdrawing from family and friends.
It is often a clear sign of depression when the thought of "doing lunch" with a girlfriend or "watching the basketball game" with your pal seems overwhelming and completely unappealing to you. Many feel that putting on a "happy face" is just too much work and makes them tired just thinking about it. This type of behavior is often a clue that you may need professional help to sort it out.
3) Men and women often display symptoms in different ways.
When assessing for depressive symptoms, I sometimes find that men turn their despair outward and act out in angry ways such as getting into physical fights or road rage. Women tend to turn their depression inward, isolating themselves from others, developing obsessive and negative thoughts that play like a tape constantly running in their head.