We can feel the first signs of depression abating and then continue to experience symptoms of depression, just as we can feel a heavy snowfall after the spring ephemerals emerge. We can make progress toward a full recovery with more time and treatment.
Look for the following signs, among others, that may indicate depression relief:
Irritability is reduced.
Although sadness is the most common emotion associated with depression, irritability is also prevalent. You may notice that as you begin to feel better, you have more patience and are less easily irritated by others.
A greater desire to participate in activities.
A lack of interest or pleasure in things we usually enjoy is one of the defining characteristics of depression. As you begin to feel better, you will become more interested in and enjoy your normal activities. It’s possible that the food will start to taste better.
As our depression fades, our energy returns, along with increased interest. This boost in energy can help us do more of the things we enjoy, which will improve our mood even more.
Their appetite returns to normal.
Whether depression increased or decreased our appetite, as we feel better, it will begin to return to normal. We will find that food is more appealing and enjoyable if we previously had little appetite. We may also find it easier to resist foods that we previously struggled to avoid when we were depressed.
Depression’s cognitive symptoms can be very distracting, making it difficult to think and focus. We’ll find it easier to follow a conversation or the plot of a book if we improve our concentration, and we’ll feel mentally sharper overall.