Something I’ve also learned since going through (And overcoming) severe depression is that sometimes we don’t notice that we are still depressed, simply because we feel so much better than we did before. While a more mild form of depression is not normally dangerous, it can turn into something worse (Thus, something more dangerous) if you don’t take care of yourself.
When I left the area that I had gone through the worst bout of depression, I felt much better, but for a couple of months I was still sleeping too much, taking too many sedatives to shut out my emotions, and I even had one relapse of suicidal thoughts.
Be careful to watch out for symptoms of mild to moderate depression so that you can catch yourself before you slip further into major depression.
Know the first signs of depression : (Information is taken from http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/depression-pro):
- Persistent sadness or low mood nearly every day.
- Loss of interests or pleasure in most activities.
Plus some of the following symptoms:
- Fatigue or loss of energy.
- Worthlessness, excessive, or inappropriate guilt.
- Recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, or actual suicide attempts.
- Diminished ability to think/concentrate or increased indecision.
- Psychomotor agitation or retardation.
- Changes in appetite and/or weight loss.
I think a lot of people who have come out from depression are startled when they experience a sudden suicidal thought when something in their life doesn’t go well. I certainly was! I think it’s because people get so busy in their lives and since we had once been used to feeling very low for a long period of time, we usually won’t notice that depression is creeping up again.
If you’re feeling even a few of these symptoms and they’re affecting your life, I would talk to a medical professional. Sometimes it helps just knowing that someone is validating your concerns and they will be able to point you in the appropriate direction: Therapy, medication, exercise, a change in diet, or all of the above.