Myth: Depression Means You’re Sad
Truth: People may think depression is just a case of the blues, but its symptoms are wide-ranging and can manifest themselves physically. Common ones are feeling sad, empty, or hopeless, feeling like you can’t get out of bed, completely losing your appetite, and sleeping too much or too little. “Another one is psychomotor agitation, which is feeling like you can’t sit still or psychomotor reduction, which is when it seems like you’re living in slow motion,” says Goldfine. Excessive fatigue and anhedonia, a.k.a when you no longer enjoy things you used to find pleasurable, also make the list.
Dysthymia’s symptoms are more like, for two years, you’re just down in the dumps. Your appetite and sleeping schedule may change but probably not in an excessive way. “It’s having a chronic depressed mood for most of the day, more days than not,” says Goldfine.