If you’re struggling with depression, you know that it’s hard to get through the day. But it’s not just your mood that’s affected: depression can affect your relationships, self-esteem, decision-making ability, and more. Here are some of the ways that depression can impact your life and how to cope with them.
Your self-esteem is affected
Depression can also cause your self-esteem to drop. When you feel depressed, it’s hard to feel good about yourself. This is why people who have low self-esteem may isolate themselves from others. They don’t want anyone to see their “imperfections” and possibly judge them or laugh at them. Additionally, they may lose interest in things that used to make them happy because they no longer feel worthy of pursuing those activities. Depression can even cause some people with low self-esteem to feel like failures or as though there’s no point in living anymore.
Your relationships are affected
When you’re depressed, it can be hard to connect with other people. You may feel like a burden to your friends or family and want to withdraw from them completely. This can have a negative impact on relationships at home, in the workplace, and even with your child as a parent.
You might struggle with self-control when dealing with your children’s behavior. Children need consistency in their parents’ reactions to behaviors — even bad ones — and this is especially true for young children who don’t yet have the ability to reason through consequences or understand how their actions affect others around them. If they get used to having tantrums ignored or getting away with things because their parent isn’t thinking clearly, they won’t learn how to behave well.
You may find that you don’t enjoy socializing as much as you used to or prefer being alone rather than engaging with others face-to-face. You might not be able to take part in social activities such as going out for dinner or drinks with friends because they simply seem too overwhelming at this point in time.
You might also lack the desire to meet new people, which can lead you into isolation—and further away from feeling like yourself again!
Your ability to make decisions is affected
Depression also makes it harder to make decisions. This is because depression can cause indecision, which in turn makes it harder to make decisions. It’s a vicious cycle of not being able to decide on something, and then not being able to make a decision about that thing, and so on. Depression can also cause some people to make bad decisions because they don’t have all their faculties in order when they’re feeling depressed. These are called “rash” or “impulsive” decisions that you later regret because they usually involve crossing a boundary with someone else’s property or time (such as stealing someone’s car or borrowing money from them without asking).
It’s important for those who suffer from depression – especially those who aren’t getting any treatment for their condition – that they try very hard not only to avoid making rash or impulsive choices but also try as hard as possible not to let these types of choices affect their day-to-day lives too much
You’re more likely to abuse substances
Depression can also make you more likely to abuse substances. If you’re struggling with depression, it’s important to know that using drugs or alcohol can be a sign of your condition. These substances may make you feel better in the short term, but they’re not a cure for depression and aren’t safe for long-term use.
If this is something you’re struggling with, it’s time to take action! Talk with your doctor about what treatment options are available for treating your addiction and/or mental health issues.
You’re less able to handle stress
When you’re depressed, the body releases a chemical called cortisol. Cortisol is the same chemical that’s released when you’re stressed out or in danger. It helps us handle difficult situations by increasing our heart rate and blood pressure so we can move quickly to get away from threats.
However, when this stress response happens too often or for no apparent reason at all (like in cases of clinical depression), it can cause serious damage to your body and mind. In particular, too much cortisol has been linked with changes in brain function that make it hard for people with depression to feel pleasure from activities they used to enjoy—or even just normal day-to-day activities like eating breakfast or going grocery shopping!
You might have trouble sleeping
Depression is a serious mental illness that affects your mood, thoughts, and behaviors. It may also change the way you act, feel and think about yourself.
Despite its name, depression does not mean that you are sad all the time. In fact, some people with depression have periods of feeling good or even exuberant. But then they may suddenly become irritable, tearful, or hopeless again without warning. Depression can be caused by many things including genetics; life events like trauma or loss; physical conditions such as stroke or diabetes; unhealthy habits like smoking and drug abuse; prescription medications including antidepressants; environmental toxins such as lead in drinking water or mercury exposure from dental fillings – even just living in today’s world where social media feeds us images of other people’s “happy” lives can trigger feelings of inadequacy – hence why so many celebrities choose to go off-line during their darkest hours when they suffer from anxiety disorders (anxiety disorders often go hand-in-hand with depression).
You might feel hopeless or helpless
Depression can make you feel hopeless and helpless. You may feel like the world is against you, that there is no way out, or that your loved ones are burdened by your presence. You may not even be sorry for feeling this way, but still, it can be hard to shake the feeling.
Even if you have been diagnosed with depression and know what it means to live with this illness, sometimes it’s hard not to think of yourself as a burden when things get tough. Depression makes everything seem harder than they really are—including getting out of bed in the morning or leaving work early on account of illness (which is why many people stay at home during their depressive episodes).
Learn about how depression affects your life and how you can help yourself.
Depression is a serious condition, and it’s important to understand what it means for you. Depression affects each person differently: some people have just mild symptoms, while others experience more severe symptoms.
The signs of depression can vary from person to person. Some people experience depression as sadness or feeling down for long periods of time, while others experience anger or irritability instead of sadness. You may also have trouble sleeping well and notice changes in your appetite or weight; if so, see a doctor—these are all signs that you could be suffering from an illness like depression.
There are many different types of treatments available for those who suffer from depression including medication and therapy. For more information on how these options work and what they entail, talk with your doctor about how best to treat your symptoms so that you can start living again!