6 Surprising Signs You're Struggling with Depression
You have a super short fuse. Irritability is a common sign of depression in men, but it also shows up in women. For example, a client came to psychotherapist Rachel Dubrow, LCSW, to work on her short fuse at work. She’d get so frustrated that she’d cry in front of coworkers, and cause conflict—which made them not want to work with her. She also was exhausted and overwhelmed. She’d start projects but didn’t have the energy to finish them. (She had other symptoms, too, including insomnia, hopelessness, helplessness, low self-esteem and loss of interest.)
Dubrow’s depressed clients tend to notice their difficulty concentrating in two areas: reading and completing tasks. For instance, her clients are unable to finish a chapter or an entire book, which seems to take them much longer than it used to. Because of this, they no longer want to read, even though it was an activity they loved.
In the second scenario, clients try to complete tasks but instead find themselves staring at the computer screen, losing their train of thought or getting distracted in other ways, she said.
If you’re struggling with similar signs and symptoms or simply feel off, seek professional help. Both Dubrow and Serani stressed the importance of getting a medical workup to rule out any underlying medical causes and getting a comprehensive evaluation from a mental health practitioner. “What I always say is that it is better to get ahead of the symptoms, than be chasing them—especially with depression because the symptoms can be persistent or long standing,” Dubrow said.