2: LOSS OF MOTIVATION
Despite being one of the primary symptoms of depression, many people overlook a loss of motivation—especailly when they define motivation in terms of ‘getting up and going to work’ instead of looking at the bigger picture. Loss of motivation as a component of this illness means settling into habits or situations you’re not satisfied with, but can’t muster the energy or drive to escape.
That can mean sticking to intense habits in your hobbies as much as it can mean staying in a job position you don’t like. It may mean giving up on dating even though you don’t want to be single, or staying in a relationship you’re unhappy with because the conflict of ending it sounds like too much trouble.
3: CHANGE IN APPETITE
A depressed mood can lead to serious changes in eating habits—increased eating and weight gain, reduced eating and weight loss, repetitive meal choices leading to malnutrition, etc., etc. Some depressed people eat for comfort, or to alleviate boredom; even when other symptoms of depression render hobbies and social outings bland and boring, food may still be enjoyable.
For others, food falls by the wayside as too much effort, leading to a drop in quality cooked meals and an increase in skipped meals, junk food, and restaurant fare. This can lead to an increase or decrease in caloric intake, depending on what meals you’re skipping and how—or if—you’re making up for them elsewhere.
Depressive moods can even lead to or amplify eating disorders, leading to binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, etc. The influence of it on self-image, self-gratification, and other internal systems can lead to an assortment of outcomes here.
All of these can be very dangerous symptoms of depressed mood, even beyond their immediate dietary health implications, as poor eating habits can intensify and lengthen depressive episodes Go Next Page To See More