5 Uncommon Symptoms of Depression You May Be Overlooking

7th March 2019

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Many people know the common signs of depression, such as an intense feeling of sadness, but there are many other symptoms of depression that get overlooked. Today I’m featuring the 5 uncommon symptoms of depression you may be overlooking.

This information is meant to help you figure out what may be going on in your life, if you or someone you love is experiencing any of these 5 symptoms, be sure to discuss them with a doctor to determine if you’re suffering from depression.

Uncommon Symptoms of Depression

Short Tempered

Depression may seem like something that makes you sad, and indeed it does, but with some people, it creates a short fuse. A short temper can begin to be a recurring part of your personality and you’re so confused why you’re experiencing a short fuse when you never had lack of patience before. A short temper can be caused by stress, but stress can also cause depression so it’s important to keep an eye out on how you’re responding to situations and loved ones.

Aches and Pains

Up until recently, doctors didn’t associate aches and pains with depression but with more education, they’ve found that depression can indeed cause aches and pains in your body. Anything from muscle tenderness, stomach pains to stomach cramps can be signs of depression. These aches and pains are up and beyond what you normally experience in your day to day life and will become quite annoying to you if you’re depressed.

Difficulty Making Decisions

While everyone may experience indecisive moments in their life, when you’re suffering from depression the difficulty with making decisions becomes overbearing. You will feel overwhelmed and unable to make appropriate decisions like you once could. If you or a loved one starts to experience this extreme difficulty with making solid decisions, it may be depression.

Workaholic Mode

Some people who suffer from depression go into a major workaholic mode. Now, this isn’t to say someone who is naturally a workaholic is depressed. Think of this uncommon symptom of depression as outside of the normal behavior workaholic syndrome. If you or someone you love is starting to hide in work and avoiding anything else, then they may be suffering from depression.

Overuse of Drugs or Alcohol

Lastly, someone suffering from depression may try to hide their sadness with drugs or alcohol. This can be an overindulgence in drugs and/or alcohol or simply having to drink every single day. The level of consumption would go beyond this person’s normal level of use. If you or someone you love is appearing to use drugs or alcohol to mask their true feelings and avoid life, then they may be depressed.

Each of these 5 uncommon symptoms of depression can be easily overlooked and thought to be a part of some other problem going on in your life. If you or a loved one notice some of these symptoms have become part of your everyday life, it’s time to talk to your doctor about the possibility of depression.

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  • Super Busy Mum 7th March 2019 at 1:02 PM

    This was such a great and informative post – thanks so much for sharing.

  • Natasha Mairs 7th March 2019 at 2:57 PM

    These are all spot on. I suffer with depression and also have the first three things in your list. My body always aches when I feel down.

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