Can You Be Depressed Without Knowing It?

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Can You Be Depressed Without Knowing It?

For me, yes! For many years, I didn't know that I'm suffering with depression. One moment I'm all good and the next moment I'm all not. I'm a happy person, I love to laugh, jokes around, and mostly a positive person. However, when depression hits,  I just don't want to do anything. I often tried to analyzed what's my life all about.  It only takes one trigger, whether is a gloomy day, a bad day, difficult situation, etc. If I only knew what I know now, I should have not had to suffer with depression. 

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What are the Symptoms of Depression?

Depression is a mental illness that causes feelings of sadness and fatigue. It can also cause a person to lose interest in things they once loved, experience changes in their sleep or appetite, and have difficulty concentrating.

Some of the symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad or down most of the day, nearly every day 
  • Feeling hopeless or like a failure 
  • Feeling irritable or angry 
  • Losing interest in activities that were once enjoyed 
  • Having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much 
  • Having little energy for anything 
  • Aches and pains with no clear physical cause 
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Irritating behavior, such as blaming others
  • Poor concentration or indecision
  • Difficulty thinking and making decisions

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What Causes Depression?

Depression is a mental illness that can be caused by many factors. These factors include genetics, environment, and life events.

The most common cause for depression is genetics. If a person has a family history of depression or anxiety, then they are more likely to experience these mental illnesses themselves.

The environment can also contribute to the risk of depression. People who live in poverty or in constant fear of violence are at higher risk for developing depressive episodes.

Lastly, life events can trigger depressive episodes as well. These events include death of loved one or a natural disaster.

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