f you think you may have depression – Please Consult your GP immediately.
Symptoms of Mild Depression
Everyone has bad days, it is natural. Sometimes there is a shock or loss and so sadness, and it takes a few days to recover.
When it takes several weeks and potentially longer it begins to damage your ability to function in many areas of your life – this is Mild Depression.
You may find yourself quicker to anger and generally feel less tolerant of yourself and others. Your thought patterns may trend towards the negative and coworkers or family members may annoy you where previously they didn’t.
Exaggerated guilt and self-criticism
Some people with mild depression tend to judge themselves more harshly or declare themselves inadequate in comparison to others. Low self-esteem is common in the mildly depressed.
Different sleep patterns
Your sleep patterns may change. Some individuals with mild depression sleep more than they usually do or feel as if they want to stay in bed. Others may react just the opposite and sleep less, finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep.
Lack of energy
You may have no desire for any physical activity, even sex. You may find that your everyday activities that require minimal energy become difficult like showering and getting dressed.
Lack of interest
Mild depression may cause a lack of interest in hobbies and activities that previously made you happy. If you are a creative person such as a writer or artist you may feel uninspired.
Feelings of hopelessness
Feelings of despair and loneliness or feeling like you can’t resolve any situation is common in mild depression. When you are mildly depressed you can feel alienated and it may seem that everyone is happy but you. You may feel forsaken and without purpose.
Lack of appetite or increased appetite
When someone is mildly depressed they either have no interest in food or try to use food as a means to make themselves feel better. Making food at home may feel like it requires too much energy and so many people with mild depression will just skip the meal. Those who tend to eat more with mild depression may gain weight because they choose higher calorie “comfort” food.
Inability to concentrate
Difficulty focusing on work or family and restless behaviour can be symptoms of mild depression. Sometimes your job performance will suffer or your friends and family will notice your distraction.