5 Depression Symptoms You May Not Recognize

By: Jayson Tripp, MD


Depression comes in many forms , including major depressive disorder (MDD), postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and others. And there are as many depression symptoms as there are forms of depression.  

Unfortunately, you may not know you’re experiencing depression. In this blog, we will discuss five symptoms that you may not realize are related to depression.  

1. Restlessness 

Most people know that depression causes symptoms like lethargy and fatigue, but depression can also cause restlessness. Restlessness comes in many forms, including fidgeting, heart palpitations, difficulty focusing, insomnia, and hyperactivity.  

Another symptom related to restlessness is impulsivity, which is characterized by acting on a whim or with little to no forethought. Impulsiveness could be anything from interrupting people while they are talking to making large purchases that you can’t afford.  

If you thought these were symptoms of ADHD , you are correct. Depression can cause symptoms similar to those experienced with ADHD and vice versa, which is why it is important to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist who can evaluate all your symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis.  

2. Feeling Nostalgic 

Another sneaky symptom of depression is nostalgia. Some people with depression will pine for the good old days as a coping mechanism. Reminiscing about fun times in the past can help someone with depression feel better temporarily. Obviously, it’s normal to look back fondly at specific moments, but if you find yourself constantly longing for another period in your life, you may be dealing with depression.  

3. Changes in Appetite  

Depression can cause changes in appetite, including overeating or eating too little. If you find that you are always hungry and eating a lot more than usual, then you may be using food as a coping mechanism to help you feel better.  

On the other hand, the feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and other depression symptoms may make you lose your appetite and stop eating. Depression affects everyone differently, so the most important thing to do is take note of any changes in your eating habits and let your doctor know about your concerns.  

4. Digestive Problems 

Along with changes in eating habits, depression often causes digestive issues. If you have frequent G.I. issues like nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and other problems, and they don’t get better with treatment, then they may be caused by depression.  

When your mental health is suffering, your physical health may also start to suffer. If you are experiencing these issues, talk to your doctor and rule out any potential physical causes. Then consider speaking to a psychiatrist about these and any other symptoms you’re experiencing.  

5. Aches, Pains, and Cramps 

Another physical symptom that depression can cause is unexplained aches and pains. In fact, about two-thirds  of people with depression experience unexplained physical pain related to abnormal brain function.  

If your body aches and you feel pain for no reason, then you may be dealing with depression or another mental condition. Again, talk to your doctor and rule out any other causes. If the aches and pains persist with treatment, consider speaking to a psychiatrist about your symptoms.  

If you recognize some of the symptoms discussed in this blog as well as other symptoms of depression in yourself or a loved one, you should consider seeking professional treatment. Contact us  at Serenity Mental Health Centers to set up an appointment today.

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