Lesser-Known Symptoms of Depression

Did you know that depression can extend far beyond the commonly recognized symptoms of sadness and low mood? Though these are undoubtedly hallmark features, lesser-known symptoms exist that often go unnoticed or misunderstood. 

Here at Palo Alto Mind Body, we want to help you understand what these overlooked symptoms might look like. At our practice, an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and improved support for anyone battling depression are always available.

Symptoms of depression that might not stand out

Some of the less obvious symptoms of depression include:

Physical ailments

Depression doesn't just affect the mind; it can manifest in physical symptoms, too. Chronic pain, headaches, digestive issues, and fatigue are often linked with depression. These symptoms might be overlooked or attributed to other health problems, leading to delayed intervention.

Changes in appetite

Although some people experience a decrease in appetite leading to weight loss, others may find solace in food, resulting in weight gain. These fluctuations in appetite are often disregarded, but they can serve as important indicators of underlying emotional distress.

Sleep disturbances

Insomnia or oversleeping are common companions of depression. However, they’re frequently dismissed as temporary disruptions rather than potential signs of an underlying mental health issue. Persistent sleep problems should raise a red flag.

Cognitive impairment

Depression can significantly impact cognitive functions like concentration, memory, and decision-making. Individuals may struggle with focusing on tasks, experience memory lapses, or find it challenging to make even simple decisions. These cognitive impairments can hinder daily functioning and exacerbate feelings of hopelessness.

Irritability and anger

Though sadness is the stereotypical emotion associated with depression, irritability and unexplained anger can also be prevalent. These emotions may surface without being provoked and can strain relationships both personally and professionally.

Loss of interest

Losing interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities is a core symptom of depression. However, it can be subtle and easily overlooked. Hobbies, socializing, and once-fulfilling pursuits may no longer bring joy, leaving those with depression feeling empty and disconnected.

Psychosomatic symptoms

Depression can manifest in various psychosomatic symptoms like dizziness, chest pain, or shortness of breath. These sensations may lead to seeking medical help, often without realizing the underlying psychological component.

Getting timely intervention

Recognizing these lesser-known symptoms of depression is paramount for timely intervention and improved outcomes. For us, it underscores the importance of conducting a comprehensive assessment that goes beyond surface-level observations. 

Here at Palo Alto Mind Body, we offer Spravato® (S-ketamine, esketamine), an FDA-approved nasal spray administered under the direct supervision of one of our medical providers.  Spravato ketamine treatments are often covered by insurance as well. During your consultation, we can help determine if this treatment is right for you.

If you or someone you care about struggles with these lesser-known symptoms, these experiences should be recognized as valid. We want you to know you aren’t alone and that you should seek our help without hesitation.

Depression is a complex condition that extends beyond conventional perceptions. Bringing these lesser-known symptoms to light can enhance early detection, promote understanding, and ultimately, provide better support if you’re navigating the challenge of depression. 

To learn more about depression or reach out for help, we’re here for you. Call us at 650-681-2900, or click here to easily book an appointment online now.

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