7 Ways to Tell If Your Partner Is Depressed
Depression is a personal condition that is not evident to other people. A partner is the only person, best suited to notice symptoms indicative of depression. They spend time with possible patients at home, in their personal space. The good thing about personal space is; it helps people let down their guard and allow the real emotions or state of mind to take control. Do not ignore some new, unusual behaviors in your partner. They may be red alerts for depression.
1. Emotional instability
The body reacts to disappointments and stressful situations with emotions. It may be long periods of sadness interrupted with joy that ends in an instance. People commonly refer to such cases as mood swings. The mood changes cause people to react differently to normal situations. My spouse and I had a culture of doing rock-paper-scissors to know who would do the dishes after dinner. Normally, I would cheat so that we get to do it together. He started getting furious when I insisted and told me I was not cooperative. I started paying attention and noticed the other things that would make him snap.
2. Sleeping less, or more than usual.
When people are depressed, they react differently. Some over stress themselves on small issues, causing an overload of hormones in the body that make it impossible to sleep. They might keep going through documents in the middle of the night while making noises. Others program their minds to escape from reality. The brain will be stimulated to produce sleep hormones. Such patients will sleep for days without lacking sleep.
3.Drastic appetite changes
Changes in appetite during a depression are also at the extremes. Some people overeat since it temporarily takes the pain away. Women are particularly notorious for comfort eating. A woman who watched her weight may start consuming a gallon of ice-cream and a bag of potato chips in a day. Those may be signs of depression, and a weight increase would prove it. Others focus more on their thoughts till they cannot eat. They may hyper-focus till they forget to eat. If your partner has a drastic appetite change, there could be a problem.
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