9 Things Depression Makes You Do

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In 2017, the World Health Organisation released a report listing depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide. The report mentioned that 322 million people, or 4.4% of the world’s population, lived with depression.

Clinical depression is a mental disorder characterised by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life. It impacts the way you think, feel, and behave.

Due to this impact, you might start doing things you never did before. Some people even report feeling like their entire personality changed due to the onset of depression.

In this video, we will describe some of the common things that you end up doing when you’re depressed. This information is solely meant to be used for educational purposes and not to diagnose anyone. Displaying these behaviours doesn’t necessarily imply that one has depression.

Now, here are nine things depression makes you do.

One

You start cancelling your plans.

You won’t realise when you’ve lost all interest in meeting with other people. It’ll feel like you’re gradually withdrawing from your social circles. You might not want to take up invitations for hangouts and gatherings. 

Even if you do, there’s a chance you won’t show up. Moreover, you may fail to inform on time as depression also makes you feel uncomfortable communicating why you can’t meet others.

Two

You start avoiding your hobbies.

Depression tends to take away the pleasure from things that you used to enjoy doing. If you were passionate about something in life, the depression might rob you of the will or energy to engage in it. Consequently, you stop participating in your interests.

Three

You prefer to stay in bed for as long as you can.

Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are common when you’re depressed. It kind of feels like there’s no point to anything in life. As you feel a lack of purpose in your daily routine, you might start ditching it by staying in bed for several hours. It’s usual to use sleep as an escape.

Four

You procrastinate work.

A cognitive effect of depression is that you cannot concentrate anymore. You tend to feel lost or zoned out. As a result, work becomes a difficult chore and you avoid it by distracting yourself with irrelevant activities. Despite having deadlines, you may not feel inclined to work on them.

Five

You pick fights with your loved ones.

Irritability and cognitive distortions are typical symptoms of depression. It makes you less patient and your mind regularly thinks negative and irrational thoughts. Subsequently, you get triggered more often by other people’s behaviour so you create unnecessary arguments.

Six

You wallow in self-pity.

Since depression causes you to constantly think negatively about yourself, others, and the future, you can’t help but feel really bad about it all. It’s natural to want to spend most of your time feeling those unpleasant feelings. But doing that also means that you get stuck feeling sorry for yourself.

Seven

You lose control of your emotions.

It’s not uncommon to see emotional outbursts when one is depressed. You might act out in anger, frustration, or extreme sadness. If you used to be a cheerful and energetic person, the depression will probably dampen your spirits, making you tired and resentful.

Eight

You neglect self-care.

It’s ironic that self-care is a crucial tool in recovery from depression but the first change that this disorder brings is an unwillingness to take care of yourself. You might start skipping healthy meals, exercise, or any other care activities that you need to do regularly for good health.

Nine

You increase your substance use.

Depression and substance use disorders often go hand-in-hand. People attempt to escape their misery by numbing their feelings. Getting high and wasted temporarily takes away the pain. So, you might break your abstinence or increase your dosage due to the onset of depression.

Have you been doing any of the things listed in this video? Do you think depression is the reason behind your actions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

A link for further reading and the studies & references used in the making of this video are mentioned in the description below.

Thanks for visiting optimist minds, take care. Until next time.

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