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4 Symptoms That Feel Like Depression But Actually Aren’t

Depression seems like one of the most harmful mental diseases. Considering that it can end up with suicide, it makes people more anxious and afraid about the consequences.

According to psychologists, the number of people who are suffering from suicide is increasing quickly.

But sometimes, you just have the wrong alerts about depression and think like you are going to be dead in next few months or days.

In fact, the below social and physical problems don’t mean that you are in depression.

Which Are 4 Symptoms That Feel Like Depression But Actually Aren’t?

1. VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Lacking adequate amounts of Vitamin D can cause effects on the body that mimic the symptoms of depression. We can only synthesize Vitamin D from direct sun exposure to our skin and concerns about skin cancer from harmful UVA and UVB radiation has limited our solar access. Make sure you supplement with a good quality vegan source of Vitamin D if your sun exposure is limited.

2. DEHYDRATION

Mental fog and an inability to concentrate are the hallmarks of dehydration and can also be symptoms that indicate depression. Start increasing your water intake per day and check your mental clarity to see if it improves. Your body can lose the ability to recognize when you are thirsty if you allow your dehydration to continue.

3. DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS

Researchers in the Journal Biobehavioral Medicine found that four physiological syndromes (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, nonulcer dyspepsia (NUD), fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)) are all related to depression and anxiety. This relationship does not mean that physical health problems cause depression, and the researchers point out that this is only an association. However, if you suffer from serious chronic illness, it makes sense that it can affect your mood in a negative way. Finding a supportive treatment provider and making a plan to help with any physical ailments may help prevent a diagnosis from leading to a depressed mood.

4. SOCIAL WITHDRAWAL

Researchers at Northwestern University looked at a diagnosis of depression and how that person functions socially. In other words, the inability to function normally in society is one way to view depression rather than the symptoms listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) that Counselors and Psychologists use to diagnose symptoms of depression.

Out of the nine symptoms of major depressive disorder listed in the DSM, five or more need to be present to constitute a diagnosis of major depression. One of the symptoms is a diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities that normally are enjoyable for most of the day, nearly every day. The researchers found that truly depressed participants reported an average of 6.8 of the 9 symptoms of clinical depression. Simply avoiding going out with friends may seem like you have depression, but there is more to a diagnosis of an underlying psychological problem than just skipping social activities.

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