Understanding Depression: Signs, Symptoms, and Hope

Depression is so hard to put into words, yet can often feel so draining and exhaustive. We wish everyone’s experience was exactly the same, unfortunately it’s not. With so many opportunities feeling as though they have been missed and so many moments where it feels something just can’t go right, depression is common.

Most of us don’t want to call it Depression, we just know that whatever is going on, feelings of sadness or a loss of interest in activities and relationships once enjoyed, can lead to a variety of problems. We tend to not often see that we are feeling this way until it manifests in our own experience, decreasing our ability to function at home and work.

One of the most common signs of depression in adults is persistent feelings of sadness.

In a close second is hopelessness or emptiness. These feelings can last for weeks or even months and we can fool ourselves into thinking that we made mistakes or we just are not connecting with the world around us. We can feel distant from friends, denied by peers at work, exhausted throughout the day, low tolerance of frustration can lead to anger or shutting down. Overall, we lose ourselves in an experience of energy lost and motivation, making it difficult to complete simple tasks.

Another common symptom of depression in adults is changes in sleep patterns.

This picture is not the same for everyone. Some people experience insomnia, or difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Others may experience oversleeping, or feeling excessively tired throughout the day. Oddly enough, loss of sleep or too much sleep adds to our experiences associated with mood, causing those who are experiencing depression to only feel as though things are getting worse, not better.

Struggling to connect throughout the day begins to wear.

Imagine struggling with something… not realizing that it’s permeating underneath. So many people we work with struggle with concentration, memory, energy, and making decisions. They think there’s something going on, people start to get confused about their capacity to learn or connect and the fabric of their life that meant so much appears to have started to fray.  

Common Signs of Depression:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Fatigue and decreased energy
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches or digestive problems
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Social withdrawal or isolation

You don’t have to let Depression ruin how you live in this world.

People don’t get it and most people may not be able to see your experience. It doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on. We often find people feel as though no one understands except a select few who can’t seem to ‘fix’ it’.  Being heard is tough. We believe it can happen. When our world feels disconnected and depression starts to seep in, Hilltop can help disentangle what feels like a mess. No one should have to experience a sense of worthlessness or guilt that permeates throughout their day.  There is a way to clear this up and feel better.

Client Service Areas in Northern New Jersey. Conveniently located in Summit, our Hilltop Behavioral Health team works at a pace that is comfortable for you. We offer help with eating disorders and depression in all areas including Livingston, Millburn, Maplewood, South Orange, Warren, and surrounding towns in Northern New Jersey.

You are not alone. There is hope.

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