The inability to get out of bed. A paralyzed sense of self-esteem. Constant dread and continuous isolation. Most people would be able to recognize the classic signs of depression at its worst.
But these stereotypical markers barely paint the complete picture of what the mental illness that affects one in eight American women, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illnesses, actually resembles. After all, the World Health Organization says that 50% of the 300 million people currently living with depression are not being treated, even in the richest countries. This could be for many reasons, including the fact that depression can be difficult to recognize.
"People often stigmatize depression and deny that they are depressed," says Susanne Cooperman, Ph.D., a psychologist at NYU Langone. . "They are often used to muscling through stressful situations and depressing times in their lives, and … they are a little surprised when people tell them that they are [depressed]."
So, here, Cooperman shares unexpected symptoms of depression in women. Of course, at some point, we have all experienced one (or all) of these signs, and that's all normal and correct. If, however, these symptoms are true for you all day, most of the time, it is best to talk to your doctor to determine if you are depressed.