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Depression Counseling: Surprising Symptoms You May Miss

Depression Counseling: Surprising Symptoms of Depression You May Have Forgotten About

In our last post, you learned all about depression and how you can recognize that it’s time to seek counseling for help. We discussed some of the common symptoms of depression that might come to mind when you picture someone who is depressed. For example, you might think of someone who is sad, withdrawn, and disinterested in their hobbies. (Related Article: Help with

depression counseling Depression). These symptoms may all be present for you if you are depressed. 

But, did you know there are other symptoms of depression that are not typically associated with depression that you may have missed? Today, you will learn about some unexpected places you might see symptoms of depression. You will also learn about how depression counseling can help. 

Anger and Irritability  

When you think of depression, you probably think of someone who is sad and withdrawn. And yes, many depressed people are sad and withdrawn. But, another symptom of depression that might be harder to spot is anger or irritability. 

You might be wondering how anger and irritability can be connected to depression. Think of it this way. If you are already thinking negatively about your life and situation thanks to depression, you will likely be more frustrated with the people around you and your circumstances. You may also be very tired from a lack of sleep (or oversleeping), which is common with depression. (Related article: Depression Counseling). 

There are many complex factors that play into this symptom. But, if you start to notice you are sad and frustrated, or that you are on edge, it might just be a sign of a bigger problem with depression. 

Impulsive Decisions

If you are unknowingly dealing with depression, you may also notice yourself making more impulsive and irresponsible decisions.

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(Related article: Emotions 101). Let’s talk about an example of this idea from the movies.

If you’ve ever seen New Moon (yes, I am talking about the Twilight Saga movie!) you’ll probably remember how the main character, Bella, is distraught after her boyfriend Edward leaves her without warning. She finds herself stuck in a depressed fog, seemingly unable to move or motivate herself to do the things she enjoys. Later on, she impulsively decides to go cliff diving and even recklessly rides a motorcycle!

But, wait, why would a depressed person try these reckless things? Why might you have thoughts about trying dangerous or risky activities as a result of your depression? Impulsive behavior and depression symptoms might seem like they are opposites. However, research suggests that this might be a way for depressed people to cope with their feelings of hopelessness and withdrawal. (Source). If you are having trouble feeling the joy you normally do, you might start to get creative to find it! Even if that looks like cliff jumping and fast motorcycles.

Your Depression Counseling Therapist Knows the Signs 

If you are reading this and can relate to some of these more commonly unrecognized symptoms of depression, you may be able to find relief through therapy.  (Related article: Should I Seek Counseling for Depression?) Your therapist will have specialized training and knowledge that can help you tackle these and other symptoms of depression and get back to living your life.

Ready to get started? Find counseling for depression in Orem, South Jordan, or Spanish Fork. 

Written by Lauren Adkins

Lauren Adkins

Writer for the Center for Couples and Families


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