5 Unexpected Signs That You're Depressed
You're not sad or overwhelmed, but maybe stuff has nonetheless gotten to you. Here are overlooked signals that you might need a little support to get back to feeling better, happier and more yourself.
You're inexplicably achy.
Keeping emotions bottled up means they erupt somewhere—sometimes as bursts of anger, but other times manifesting as physical symptoms like headaches, chronic pain and stomach aches, says Adria Pearson, PhD, a faculty member at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Depression Center. But that doesn't mean it’s "all in your head." These aches and pains are real. In fact, 40 percent of migraine sufferers also have depression, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. "Depression can make pain worse, and pain can make depression worse," Pearson says. For that reason, it can often be difficult for even doctors to determine the root problem. Your doctor can help rule out any underlying medical condition in an effort to determine what's really going on.