Many of you who visit this website regularly will have come in contact with depression in one way or another. Whether through a personal battle with depression or through a loved one who has suffered from it, most of us know too well what a depression can look like. This article outlines four key symptoms of depression; some will be familiar to you, others won’t.
The first key symptom is excessive introversion. Most people think that introversion is a personality trait. In fact, it has become quite fashionable to be considered an introvert. Many celebrities and political personalities hail their introversion as a symbol of their intelligence. The reality however is much different. Most people who claim to be introverts are also more susceptible to suffer from depression. This is not a coincidence. The fact of the matter is, depression and introversion go hand-in-hand. The solitude of an introverted lifestyle is a perfect environment for self-reflection and we all know that too much self-reflection can lead to negative self-thought and depression. Likewise, depression can lead to people becoming more introverted. The more we dislike ourselves, the more we try to stay away from other people. People who are introverted often consider their personalities to be incompatible with other people due to a insufficiency on their part.
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Another symptom of depression is physical pain, particularly in the frontal lobe and the back of the neck. It is responsible for emotional expression, problem solving and memory. During prolonged periods of depression, this part of the brain can become overused and dull, ringing pain can be felt in the area between your eyebrows. The same feeling can also be felt in the neck as the nervous system becomes strained. This, in turn, affects your posture, which is why so many of those suffering from depression look down at the ground as they walk.
The third symptom is a general decrease in physical activity. This is quite common to see in people who suffer from depression. Instead of going to the gym or for a walk, they sit in front of the TV or computer and try to distract themselves from what they are feeling. In fact, there are several studies that show links between low testosterone levels and depression. So if you notice a friend or family member becoming less active, it might be the onset of depression.
The fourth symptom is a general change in personality. This is also due to an overuse of the frontal lobe. The frontal lobe is essentially the control panel for your personality. A prolonged period of depression can lower the activity in this area of the brain causing certain aspects of your personality to soften. For example, if you are a caring and compassionate person, you might become less caring than you are used to and so on. So if you find yourself being a lesser version of yourself, it might be a sign that you’re depressed.
Of course, these are just a few symptoms of depression. We’ll be touching on others in future posts so please be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and stay tuned.
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Philip Andersson is a life-coach who is currently studying to become a psychotherapist. He treats people suffering from depression, phobias and anxiety. Having been raised in Hong Kong and having lived in England and Japan as an adult, Philip also treats people who are overcome with feelings of displacement and rudderlessness associated with a global-nomad lifestyle such as Third Culture Kids, Cross Culture Kids, Migrants and Asylum Seekers.
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