15 Ways Depression Impacts Your Life

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Depression is more than just being in a bad mood. It’s a legitimate mental illness that has widespread ramifications on those that suffer, not to mention their friends and families. It’s a very difficult illness to live with, and the worst part is that many people don’t even know that they suffer from depression.
The New York Daily News states that as many as two-thirds of people with severe depression go untreated. As a result, they suffer in silence, and depression begins to impact every area of their lives. Here are some of the ways in which depression wreaks its havoc on the lives of those who suffer from the illness.

15. Suicidal Thoughts and Ideations

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Suicide is considered the biggest symptom of major depressive disorder, but one doesn’t have to be off the deep end to contemplate suicide. It’s a difficult situation because some people talk about suicide so much that nobody else takes it seriously. Any thought of suicide should be taken seriously and is a warning sign that help is needed.

If you or anyone you know suffers has thought about suicide or is a threat to themselves, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

14. Habitual Lying

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Depression not only causes people to bottle their emotions, but it can also cause people to become fiercely defensive of their feelings. They don’t want strangers prying into their private lives, casting assumptions on a situation they don’t truly understand. To avoid these awkward confrontations, people with depression often come up with stories that attempt to explain why they’re sad or to convince others that they don’t self-injure.

13. Avoidance of Reality

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The reality of depression is often too much for people to bear. While they may find their solace in seemingly harmless outlets such as video games, television and social media, there’s a chance that people can get totally engrossed in these activities.

12. Low Self-Confidence

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Depression doesn’t just work on someone’s mood. It also convinces him or her that she’s not good enough and that nobody should take them seriously. The decrease in self-esteem that occurs with depression can manifest itself in many ways, and it’s one that can be spotted relatively easily if you suspect that someone you know is suffering from depression.

11. Avoidance of Social Situations

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Anyone who’s ever been in a bad mood knows what it’s like to want to avoid people while upset. Depressed people deal with this on a daily basis. The dilemma is a Catch-22; while isolating themselves, the feelings of depression only get worse because there’s nobody around to help the individual feel better.

10. Changes in Diet

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People go through dietary changes frequently, but depression can be a trigger for such behavior. Depression can lead to an unhealthy obsession with weight that leads to restrictive dieting and excessive exercise. However, it can also go the other way, with depression giving way to episodes of binge eating and poor physical health.

9. Self-Injury

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Depression can create such a sense of despair that those who suffer feel the need to take their frustrations out on themselves. Self-injury can take the form of socially acceptable damaging behavior, such as smoking. It can also become more private and serious when it takes the form of cutting, burning and other methods of physical self-harm.