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5 Ways Your Body is Telling You That You’re Depressed

Depression is a serious medical condition that impacts the lives of approximately 350 million people globally.

It isn’t always easy to differentiate between sadness and depression.

But there are significant differences between the two, and it’s important to understand them. Otherwise, you risk overreacting to what might just be a couple of bad days … or failing to take action when there is a true cause for concern. Sadness is a common human emotion. We’ve all dealt with moments of sadness, and we’ll eventually experience them again. It’s a part of life. These feelings are typically short-lived and triggered by a difficult event or challenging circumstance.

Depression is a serious medical condition that impacts the lives of approximately 350 million people globally.

The severe toll it takes on peoples’ lives is often under-appreciated because of its prevalence. People don’t easily bounce back from depression. It saturates their lives and tends to stick around. The good news is that there are ways your body tells you that you’re dealing with depression versus feeling a little down in the dumps. When you learn to recognize them, you empower yourself to be your very own HealthHero™ and seek help when you need it.

You feel sad most of the time.

When you’re suffering with depression, you experience lingering sadness that usually intensifies over time. These emotions will likely become overwhelming and begin to affect your appetite, energy and ability to get a good night’s sleep.

You feel hopeless.

It’s one thing to feel down about a specific event (losing a job, losing a loved one, going through a divorce, etc.). But when everything in your life feels pointless, depression is likely to blame.


Life is no longer enjoyable.

You can feel sad and still find enjoyment in your day to day activities. You might be upset that you didn’t get a raise, but still enjoy an afternoon on the beach with your family. You can distract from your sadness with everyday activities such as reading, exercising or meditating. When facing depression, not even your favorite activities will snap you out of your funk.

Your relationships suffer.

Having a supportive tribe is crucial to your well-being. These are the people who love and support you through good times and bad. When you’re depressed, you’re likely to withdrawal from those around you … even your own tribe of loyal supporters. If you find yourself neglecting even your most valued relationships, or pushing away those closest to you, this is a red flag.

You’re having suicidal thoughts.

I am very passionate about this topic, and it’s a tough one to address. Many people suffering with depression never seek treatment because the illness overwhelms them with feelings of hopelessness, convincing them that relief is unattainable. When you’re depressed, these intense emotions can become so unbearable that you might contemplate hurting yourself or ending your life to escape the torment. If you find yourself experiencing suicidal thoughts, I urge you to seek help immediately. You can overcome your depression. The world we live in can be a stressful place, and it’s perfectly normal to feel the emotional effects. When you listen to your body and make your health a top priority, you’ll be prepared to recognize the symptoms of depression and take the necessary steps towards a healthier life.

Partha’s prescriptions

  • Look out for any changes in your appetite, energy levels and sleep patterns. These are common indicators of a potential problem.
  • Notice any changes in your ability to think clearly and remember things.
  • Lean on your tribe for support. If you suspect that you’re dealing with depression, talk to those closest to you. Ask their advice. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to lean on them! That’s what your tribe is all about.
  • Take any thoughts of suicide or self harm seriously. If you or a loved one experience these thoughts, immediately seek professional help. You are not defined by your depression, and you can overcome it.

The light in me honors the light in you. Namaste. Dr. Nandi

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Partha Nandi M.D., F.A.C.P is the creator and host of the medical lifestyle television show, “Ask Dr. Nandi”.

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i have PTSD its not the nicest thing to have some days a lot of the time it doesn’t effect me because i know i have control over it before it gets to a point i dont have to hit rock bottom to get back up i believe our minds our the most powerful of tool we own and in thought self love respect and kindness feeds these bad things we get court up in im very realistic in all i do but there are days when things hit me all i want to do is curl in my bed but cant because im a mum and my loved ones also need me to be and most importantly because im fd up of being fed up but i never give up

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Suzan Muhialdeen

Very good and useful article , actually i have many symptoms of depression like sleeping patterns ,changing in appitate because of life challenges , but the good thing that i always put my health care as a priority , and I still can enjoy day to day small activities and laugh from my heart like a baby when I see for example a comedic series ,their are simple steps person can use to fight depression like ,take deep breathes ,remembering happy moments or laugh from heart, because life doesn’t worth to be so serious most of the time , and as the quote said( the longest day has an end ).

Robina fazal
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Nice..article.. Doc.partha Nandi…❤👑💐You are right..We have to be our health hero ,and for that we have to be happy..and healthy …and Soul..mind and body..have to work properly and life..zeal..vigour and enthusiasm..is our requirement..Healthy mind possess healthy body..our routines .our diets .our physical exercises and mental positive and constructive activities..can lead us to a happy,Stable positive ,productive and full of life…Soul..mind and body..Depression..panic..worry..frustration..sadness..can lead to in healthy mind and body..It destroy one’s inner peace and make one irritated and Suffer in many ways..whole health and life will be in bad risk.. As much you know the Art to cool relax…and calm your Soul..mind and body…you get free from any mental suffering or ailment..One.needs meditation…yoga ..which relaxxx…your mind…yoga which relaxxx.. your body .and your Soul get nourishment and life…Then their are physical exercise that makes you healthy..and tone your body…and let your health Stable..Music…dance…😃+ Spiritual links at times with God..Duta ..Bhàgwan .can uplift your Soul..mind and body with love….happiness…health and Iife..☝️👍Nothing can be gained unless..we make commitment with our own selves .Love our own selves.. trust in our own instincts and capabilities…and work hard…we can become a beautiful healthy Soul…which posses..Healthy mind and body….❤👑Namaste…

Lalie
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Lalie

Glad to know that what I was going through was just sadness. I didn’t experience those symptoms mentioned above. On the contrary my emotional state made me gain weight. Sleeping was a bliss because it made me forget things temporarily.
Thank you for sharing Dr. Gandhi, Bryant and Jenni💕

darieb
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You know im sad sometimes because i see how became our system of health ! I don t like when somebody die because the doctors give too much antibiotiques and when they didn t work ..let go and finally they told us there is Nothing to do and finally the person die. Im a strong woman and never i give up! Im a survival to a breast cancer and continu to believe in life and never let this terrible word goes Inside my spirit! WE have to stay in healthy as long that we can ! I have only a son and i fight to stay alive for him.

Julia Kinandu
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Thanks Doc for this valuable information. Be blessed.

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Jennifer

I have depression related to chronic medical (fibromylgia) But i decide to change my outlook on life and chronic pain status and enjoy my good days as much as i can.

ChristineMoharter
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I’ve been diagnosed w MDDR, ADD and emotionally disturbed at age 12! That’s how young I was when the abuse couldn’t be hidden anymore!
I learned and continue learning just where I fit in this life! My answer consistently is Here, rt here is where I belong! I am 49-1/2 yrs old and continue to be the best I can no matter who what where or when! It’s an ongoing internal fight but well worth the good days that lay ahead! 🙏🏻

Gail Liming
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Gail Liming

I believe we all have our up and down days including myself at times. Yet I know of an individual that can’t shake off the deep depression, number one is why complain about her living circumstances to me when change is whats needed of which I’ve suggested to her. Get another opinion on your disorder, I mentioned. If depending on someone else to make her happy, that’s not living reality. Sure we all love our families but not all of us depend on them for happiness, happiness comes from within, loving oneself first. I gave her the answers, not my problem anymore. The poor me attitude doesn’t solve anything either. There is nothing suggested that will help until the decision is made to pull herself up and out of the darkness and know that life can be beautiful if its allowed.

opalyn
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opalyn

Am not depressed but sad sometimes