When you hear the word “depression,” what comes to mind? Some people believe that depression is sadness, dressing in black or crying. However, that is rarely the truth.
Depression is actually a serious medical illness that can have a negative impact on the way you act, feel and think. It’s the persistent feeling of being numb and exhausted. Perhaps you post a picture on Facebook on a daily basis, but you do not speak to your family and friends for days under the excuse of ‘I was too busy.‘ But, not having deep and meaningful conversations with your loved ones may lead to loneliness and even depression. Being stressed out on a regular basis may also increase your risk of this mental illness. Also, there are many other causes of depression out there, such as: brain chemicals, genetics, past events, alcohol and drug use, and more.
If you have these behaviors or habits, you may have depression:
15. Not Wanting to Leave the House
Some people with depression can be housebound for weeks or longer. There are plenty of reasons for this, depending on who you ask. For some, it’s self-hatred. For others, crushing fatigue. Depression has this power to zap not only your will, but also your physical ability to leave the house.
The energy required to go grocery shopping is out of reach. The fear that every person you run into will hate you is real. This thought loop of uncertainty creates an environment where it’s almost impossible to get out the front door.
14. Feeling Guilty All the Time
Guilt is a perfectly normal feeling. If you do something you regret, guilt will follow. The thing with depression though, is that it can cause feelings of guilt over nothing or over everything.
Feeling guilty is actually a symptom of depression and it’s the reason why when people experience depression, they feel like they are taking on the ills of the world. For example, people with depression may feel guilty about not being able to help people who are victims of a natural disaster and this, in turn, makes them feel that they’re worthless. Of course, feeling guilty about things closer to home, such as feeling incredibly guilty over a disagreement, is even more common.