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5 Red Flags You Need To Do Something About Your Depression (ASAP)

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Am I Depressed? Signs Of Severe Depression And That You Should Get Therapy

When depression takes over your life, how do you know it's time to seek help for your mental health before things get worse?

Are you asking yourself, "Am I depressed?" all the time? Are you feeling really sad, not yourself, and not enjoying your life, at all?

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Your friends are telling you that it will snap out of it.

But, you are wondering if you can get past the sadness. And when the signs of depression seem to only get worse, you're wondering if maybe it’s time to ask for help.

When I was struggling with undiagnosed depression, there were indicators that it was time to get help. I didn’t see them at the time but there are indicators that are fairly easy to spot if you look close. As a life coach and as a formerly depressed person, I want to share them with you.

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself if it's time to seek help for your depression and mental health.

1. Can you get out of bed or off the couch?

If you are feeling depressed all the time and find it really difficult to rouse yourself, then it might be time to get help.

How much time do you spend on the couch or in bed? You aren't necessarily tired but the prospect of getting up is just too daunting to face. So, perhaps you stay horizontal all day, watching Netflix and feeling like a loser.

This habit is a significant indicator of depression.

People who have been diagnosed with severe depression talk about the great lengths they go to stay out of bed. They strip the sheets, take the mattress off of the box spring, and lean it against the wall and then lock the bedroom door — whatever it takes to keep them out of bed and wallowing in their depression.

If you are finding yourself horizontal more often than not, it’s definitely time to get help!

2. Do you no longer love the things you love?

Have you lost interest in doing the things that you have always loved? Does the idea of going to school or seeing friends or going out to dinner just seem like too much to bear?

People who are depressed isolate themselves. The energy that it takes to get out of bed and interact with others is overwhelming. So, they don't.

Ironically, going out and doing the things that you love is a great way to alleviate depression temporarily. Unfortunately, the treatment can often seem too daunting to undertake and so people who are depressed just stay home.

If you find yourself isolating and dreading doing the things that used to make you happy then it just might be time to get help.

3. Do you have overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and dread?

Do you spend much of your time running all sorts of negative thoughts through your head about how horrible your life is? What a loser you are and how no one will ever love you? Are you 100 percent confident that this will never change?

Does the idea of going for a run or talking to your mother or spending time with your partner just feel impossible because you feel so worthless?

People who are depressed believe all of those negative thoughts that run through their head. Unfortunately, they also falsely believe that it will always be this way!

What many depressed people don’t realize is that, when one is depressed, future things can only seem hopeless. Why? Because, when one’s mind is in such a dark place, it’s impossible to believe that the future will be any different than it is now.

The good news is that once the depression is addressed, that feeling of hopelessness can disappear completely!

So, if you are feeling depressed all the time and full of hopelessness and dread, get some help!

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4. Are you are impatient with those you love?

Do you find yourself losing your patience with those you love? Do you scream at your kids if their homework doesn't get done? Do you sneer at your husband if he asks you what is wrong? Can you not even talk to your mom anymore because her incessant questioning is just too much?

Impatience with those you love is a huge indicator of depression. The sense of the hopelessness that our condition will never change and that we are worthless makes it intolerable for us to interact with others, particularly those who love us and want the best for us.

Ironically, that love is exactly what we need most in our life when we suffer from depression. Pushing that love away ultimately can make your depression worse.

So, reach out to your doctor if your impatience and irritability are getting the best of you and affecting your life!

5. Have your sleep habits and/or appetites changed?

Has your appetite changed recently? Do you find yourself indulging more than usual in Ben and Jerry’s and Oreos? Or do you find that you have no taste for food at all? Have you lost weight and find yourself listless because you aren't eating?

Do you find that you can’t sleep at all, that your nights are long and filled with thoughts of hopelessness and dread? Or do you find yourself sleeping too much? Is the only relief that you get from your depression through sleep?

Changes in eating and sleeping patterns can indicate depression. When depression goes untreated we often self-medicate with food, often to one extreme or another. Which is not healthy and can make the depression worse.

Of course, eating and sleeping well is an important part of dealing with depression. Failing to do so only makes the feelings of hopelessness and despair worse.

If you are feeling depressed all the time, then it’s time to get treated — whether it's therapy, medication, or a bit of both.

Untreated depression only gets worse.

Unfortunately, we hate to admit to being depressed because our loved ones and society, as a whole, tend to stigmatize those who are dealing with depression.

So, ask yourself if you have any of the symptoms above. Are you listless and full of hopelessness? Is the joy in your life gone? Are you impatient and irritable and have your sleep patterns changed?

If any of these are true, seek professional help. Call your primary care provider and tell them exactly how you've been feeling.

Treating depression is easy. Living with it is not.

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Mitzi Bockmann is an NYC-based Certified Life Coach and mental health advocate. She works with all kinds of people to help them go from depressed and overwhelmed to confident and happy in their relationships and in their world.

This article was originally published at Let Your Dreams Begin. Reprinted with permission from the author.