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8 Signs You Might Be Experiencing Depression

The painful irony of depression is that it can often make you feel as though you're all alone in your suffering, when in fact the reality is that an estimated 350 million people worldwide know just how you feel and can share in your pain.

It is never easy to admit to ourselves that we're struggling, or perhaps that we might even need to seek some help in order to get back on our feet, and the stigma surrounding many mental illnesses is still pervasive in some areas, a foolish and ignorant idea that it is somehow insignificant or imagined.

This stigma is purely perpetuated by people who lack education or experience in the matter, and should absolutely be ignored. Depression is a very real and seriously difficult issue.

Many of those who suffer from it end up trying to tough it out, which may work occasionally, but what is important to know if you feel like you're dealing with depression is that you have many effective options for treatment and relief.

You should never be afraid to seek them out. If you aren't sure that what you're feeling is depression, listed below are 8 signs that may help you decipher exactly that.

If you can relate to some or all of these signs, you might very well be experiencing depression and should reach out for help.

1. Inconsistent appetite and irregular weight gain/loss

Half of the time you can't summon the energy it takes to put together a bowl of cereal or chew a hot pocket, the rest of the time you find yourself gorging on high fat, high sugar junk foods in the middle of the night and maybe even eating extra servings regardless of feeling stuffed full.

This is often a subconscious attempt at triggering the reward center in the brain to get those happiness chemicals going, but unfortunately it's only a quick band aid and won't actually help in the longterm. Not to mention it's not good for your digestion.

2. Self-medication

You might find yourself feeling like the only way to get through the night, the week or the month is to have a drink or take a pill.

This is a very insidious process that can go unnoticed because it's often so gradual.

Suddenly instead of sharing a single beer with friends to celebrate birthdays or promotions like you used to, you're at home drinking cheap liquor by yourself just so that you can fall asleep.

Alcohol and other drugs might allow you to block out your feelings temporarily, but they can't actually make you feel better and they will wreak havoc on your body in the meantime.

3. Sudden waves of crushing sadness

I'm not referring to a bad mood triggered by a stressful day or a tragic event in this instance.

These waves or walls will likely hit you out of absolutely nowhere, you might even feel like you're having a decently good day and then from one moment to the next you're filled with despair, emptiness, or actual pain accompanied by extreme sadness.

There's often no obvious provocation for this, it just hits you without warning and can take days or weeks, maybe even months to shake off.

Even when there is a trigger for this feeling, it's still a disproportionate over reaction, such as feeling crushed and hopeless because your cat refused to sit with you as long as you'd liked them to or because you can't find your favorite sweater for work.

4. Difficult and unpredictable sleeping habits

Depression is exhausting in every way there is.

While some people try to cope with it by oversleeping constantly, spending far more time asleep or only half asleep in bed than any healthy person should, others may be unable to sleep despite being overly tired and fatigued.

The mind still races and won't allow rest. The sleep you do get may be tainted by nightmares and restlessness, you will wake for seemingly no reason and struggle to get back to sleep again all night.

5. Loss of interest

When a person is depressed, it lays a fog over everything they do. Hobbies and activities that once gave you great pleasure and fulfillment might start to feel boring and pointless.

Even if you still feel some desire to start a project or do something productive, it only lasts for a short period before you've completely lost all motivation.

You will be unable to focus even when you want to, and finishing anything feels like a daunting task.

6. Thoughts of suicide and self-harm

Depression is an incredibly draining experience.

It leaves us feeling absolutely spent and when a person has been fighting something for so long, it can be easy to lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.

Suicidal ideations can happen to anyone and it does not make you bad or wrong or weak to have such thoughts. We all have our limits and it is okay to be tired, but what you must remember is that tomorrow is always a new day.

The future is always full of infinite possibilities and thousands of opportunities to be happy and whole again.

A battle always feels endless while we're fighting it, but often as soon as it's finished we look back and feel as though it wasn't all that long after all.

If you do have suicidal thoughts or you begin to think of harming yourself, you should always, always find someone to talk to that you trust and express what you're feeling.

Do not isolate yourself, do not hide your pain. The people who love you want to know and be there for you, believe me.

If you don't feel like you can or want to discuss these feelings with the people closest to you, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to speak with someone who understands and wants to help.

7. The fog

I mentioned earlier how depression can lay a sort of fog or haze over everything.

It might make you feel unfocused, confused, unable to remember or recall things clearly.

You may even have trouble finding words or communicating as well as you know you should be able to.

This is common in depression and you are neither crazy or alone for feeling it. It is only a temporary inconvenience, it can and will get better.

8. Total exhaustion

You will be tired physically, yes. Depression definitely affects us in many major physical ways, but this kind of exhaustion is all-encompassing.

Emotionally, mentally and deep in your body you will feel fatigue like never before. You may try every trick in the book; caffeine, energy bars, sleeping medications, essential oils and meditation, but somehow nothing helps you rest and recharge.

What you should do in this case is take a trip to the doctor. Explain to them in detail exactly what you're feeling and be honest about all of it.

It may not be fun or easy, but it is the best and perhaps only way to take your life back and start to feel better.

Do not withdraw or worry about what people will think, this is about advocating for your mental and physical well-being and anyone who cares about you will encourage and support you in whatever way necessary.

You are worthy and deserving of a happy, joyous, healthy life. You should never be afraid to get the help you need to achieve that.

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Relationships

Psychology Defines 7 Types Of Love, Yet Only A Rare Few Make It To The Last One

Psychologists have confirmed the average person will experience different types of love through their lives. A study has even shown that a person can fall in love at least three times in their lifetime. Howevr, the type of love that they experience often depends on the one they share it with. Some people bring out deep emotions that cause a whirlwind of a romance, which is sometimes toxic. Others, turn out to be nothing more than companions and are better off as friendships.

However, rare are the people who gets the experience the kind of love that truly feels everlasting, fulfilling and healthy. Find out which kind of love we mean and which type of love your current kind of love falls into

.For more great relationship advice and tips on how to attain the kind of love you deserve, watch this video from expert, Amy North: Click Here To Watch The Full Video.

Infuatuation

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This is the first step of all relationships but it remains on a shallow level. It's usually a fine line between lust and love and infatuation never usually makes it past the lust and into a meaningful connection. Yet, infatuation is often disguised as love and can be confusing.

The more both parties are physically attracted to each other, the more they want to spend all of their time together and move a relationship really quickly from the get-go. However, this kind of relationship is usually short-lived. When relationships get too intense, too quickly, they don't tend to take the time to build a solid enough foundation to grow on, and many of the red flags just get brushed off only to come back later.

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Liking

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This is usually the second stage of a relationship. Once we decide that we are attracted enough to someone, we become open to getting to know them better. From there, the more we get to know them, the more feelings are developed based on what we know. This is still an introductory stage to relationships, because the more layers are peeled, the higher the risk of finding some sort of dealbreaker that ends the relationship there.

During this stage either feelings will develop closer to love, and increase passion or commitment, or they will eventually fade and grow closer to a friendship It all depends on shared values, interests, and needs.

Empty Love

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This is a tricky kind of relationship. On one hand, it is an exclusive relationship with an agreed-upon commitment. Couples experiencing this type of love could spend years on end together but still lack intimacy and passion. They may truly enjoy each other's company and care deeply about one another but still be missing that special spark that makes everything come together.

Over time the relationship becomes comfortable but boring. It's not necessarily that anyone is doing anything wrong, but there is no denying that the relationship is just missing something to make it feel passionate and exciting.

Fatuous Love

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This is the most common type of love as it includes two of the three foundations: commitment and passion. Couples often find that enough to pursue their relationship and exchange their vows. Yet, this kind of relationship despite having attraction lacks true intimacy.

These kinds of relationships go through many ups ad downs, they have their good days but they also have the days where they feel like they're not truly happy or like their needs aren't being fully met. This could be due to differing love languages or because the couple isn't able to reach a high enough level of vulnerability to fully give themselves to someone else.

Romantic Love

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This kind of love has another combination of the three pillars of love: passion and intimacy. The feelings are there and so is the attraction. Couples in this kind of relationship feel really close to one another and it's easy for them to open up. They fall deeply in love, rather quickly and naturally. The only problem is they can't necessarily agree on where the relationship is headed so they just brush it off.

They put off serious commitments hoping to just go with the flow and figure the rest out in time. Unfortunately in many instances, the relationship reaches a termination point because of major commitments that can't be agreed on.

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Companionate Love

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Companionate love consists of commitment and intimacy, another combination that is still lacking. This type of love is somewhere between the line of friendship and love. There is somewhat of an attraction that makes the friendship feel stronger but it's mostly due to the strong bond that's shared. This kind of couple is each other's best friend, They trust each other fully, and are able to be completely themselves.

The attraction is there and the love is genuine but it's missing that head over heels super-in-love kind of feeling. Many relationships develop into this kind of love after many years of marriage.

Consummate Love

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This is the ideal kind of love and yet it is the rarest of all. It is made of all the pillars of the perfect relationship: love passion, emotional and physical intimacy, and commitment. The levels of each vary throughout time but there is enough of each to keep the relationship young even after years of commitment. Arguments are resolved peacefully, affection is given freely and plans of the future are carried out.

These couples are just as in love as the day they met during their final days. They find ways to keep their relationships exciting and keep on surprising one another. They never allow themselves to truly get comfortable and stop appreciating what they have. They trust each other fully while still pursuing their own independence.

Healthy Love

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All that matters in love is that you are happy and the love is healthy. The rest can be developed and worked on with the right person. In any relationship, always look at how you feel and ask yourself: does this person make you love yourself more? Do you want to grow old with them?

Love is more than just kisses and butterflies, it's much more than that. If you want to know more on what your birth chart reveals about how you love and what you need out of a partner, check out this personalized report based on date of birth.