7 Subtle Signs of Depression You Should Not Ignore

Exhaustion and recklessness could each be a sign of a deeper problem.

About one in 10 Americans experience depression at any given time, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many people with depression don’t even know they have it. Depressive symptoms may range from mild to severe and they can vary greatly; symptoms are often attributed to fatigue, stress, or the aging process. But here are 7 subtle signs you shouldn’t ignore, in yourself or someone close to you:

1. Irritability

Most people think depression leads to overwhelming sadness. Sometimes, people with depression experience anger and irritability rather than hopelessness and misery.

If you’ve noticed increased irritability—or it seems like the people around you feel like they need to walk on eggshells—don’t ignore it. Don’t blame your impatience and anger on your stress level or workload. Take a moment to consider the possibility that you may be depressed.

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