What Does Depression Feel Like?
We all experience a temporary sadness that goes away though, for some, the feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness are constant and have become a part of their regular lives.
Though it’s a term often used loosely to describe how we feel after a bad week or when going through a breakup, depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.
Besides sadness being a response to life’s struggles, depression affects how you think, feel, and function in daily activities. After some time, it may also begin to impact your ability to work, enjoy life, and maintain relationships.
No matter how hopeless you may feel right now, remember that it doesn't have to be permanent. By understanding the causes and signs of depression, you can take your first steps towards well-being.
What Depression Can Feel Like
One of the biggest misunderstandings about depression is that it's similar to feeling sad or down. While many people with depression do feel sadness, it's much more severe than what we feel in response to life's events.
Individuals may invalidate their feelings as they’ve been taught that this mental health condition is completely debilitating or paralyzing. However, there are other signs that indicate that what you’re experiencing is more than just feeling down.
So what does depression feel like? Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Finding it difficult to enjoy life
- Experiencing disruptive sleep patterns
- Feeling worthless or a failure
- Lack of energy so that even the smallest tasks take extra effort
- Lack of motivation for self-care
- Anger or irritability
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating on work
It’s important to remember that the experience of depression isn’t uniform, it’s different for everyone. For example, one person may not be able to get out of bed whereas another may spend the whole day outside so that they’re not alone with their thoughts.
Signs & Symptoms
Causes of Depression
Although depression doesn’t have one single cause, there are a handful of factors that can contribute to this mental illness. Experts have found that a complex blend of genetic, psychological, and environmental factors is involved.
Depression is a long-lasting condition with the following possible risk factors:
- Certain gene sets
- Hormonal changes
- Stress and trauma
- Substance misuse
- Underlying medical issues
- Significant life events
Without treatment, depression can get worse and last longer. If you’ve been experiencing multiple signs and symptoms of depression and feel it has progressed to the point it begins interfering with your life, it might be time to get help.
Manage Your Depression With Therapy
There’s a lot of stigma around depression, but we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone.
It’s estimated that one in fifteen people are affected by depression, and with the lasting impacts of COVID-19, it’s more prevalent than ever.
Our professional counsellors at Unique Peace Counselling are experienced with diagnosing and treating depression, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. We are here to speak with you, answer questions, and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan so you can get back control of your life.
Get in touch with us today and we can book your first appointment, the beginning of your journey to leading a better life.