Depression — Sneaky Symptoms and Triggers

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“Could you be depressed and not know it?” This sounds like a ridiculous question. After all, wouldn’t you know if you were depressed? Possibly not. Depression can take hold gradually, without a person realizing that depressive thoughts and feelings are increasingly dominating their perspective – and their life.

Many people assume that enough sleep. Exercise can be surprisingly helpful in boosting your mood. If your depression is mild to moderate, it can cut symptoms nearly in half, research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center notes, making it just as effective as medication.

Whatever you do, don’t sit back and wait for depression to abate on its own. If you are depressed, it is nothing to be ashamed of — and you don’t have to continue to suffer. Depression is one of the most treatable conditions in all of medicine, according to Kornstein. Unfortunately, it continues to be under diagnosed and under treated.

It is also important to get help because depression affects more just than your mood, says Harvard assistant professor Alice D. Domar, PhD, co-author of Self-Nurture. While you procrastinate, hoping to get better on your own, depression can wreak havoc on your health, raise your risk of heart disease and infertility, and suppress your immune system. Perhaps even more important, experts now know that, left untreated, depression is likely to recur and to be more severe and difficult to treat with each recurrence.