Depression Signs and Symptoms

Hello there, and welcome back to my website Slay Your Depression. Today I’m going to be going over the signs and symptoms of depression.

Whether you are a person suffering with depression or someone who knows someone goes through depression, this will be informative and hopefully helping; at least try to understand.

Depression Signs and Symptoms


So in this part of the post, I will talk about the common symptoms of depression and how it affects people suffering with depression. For those people who are trying to understand someone suffering with depression this will give you some insight how a person might feel or act.

Trouble Concentrating, Remembering Details, Fatigue, and Making Decisions- As a person who does suffer from depression myself- the fatigue was the real killer for me. There would be days when I would feel like I wouldn’t even want to get out bed, but I would force myself get out of bed, becauseTrouble Concetrating well- got to work and pay my bills. When I was at work, my concentration, remembering details and making decisions was terrible; being a hospitality professional this is imperative. For those educating themselves, be patient with the person.

Feeling Guilt, Worthlessness, Helplessness- Most of the time it’s the depression manifesting, however I felt each one of these- especially the helplessness, I felt like nothing could help me not even my friends or family. Then that trickles down in to feeling worthlessness, feeling like you not worth anything to this world. One thing to remember for the suffers is that YOU ARE WORTH IT! You might feel like you not worth anything but you are! For those educating themselves, remember to tell that person that they are valued as it will give them validation that everything will be okay.

Pessimism and Hopelessness- As said in my last post, I was told by co-workers and friends that I was very negative. I would complain essentially about everything, at the time I was working at a very new fancy restaurant downtown Toronto and I had my hospitality mentor now, manager back in the day sit me down and tell me that I needed to correct this behaviour as other co-workers were saying that they did not enjoy working with me because I was so pessimistic.

I felt so bad, because I realized that I’m ruining the environment, someones business, felt some mad guilt. Got to say when my mentor made me see the light, one emotion I particularly felt was
hopelessness.Pessmissim For example that situation, I felt hopeless that I wouldn’t change, and hopeless that I wouldn’t win back the trust of my team. Try to see the light and be conscious of your actions. For those educating themselves, I suggest sitting the person down going through a list of what a person might be doing but not entirely aware of it; an epiphany moment.

More Symptoms, Can you believe?

Insomnia, Early Wakefulness or Sleeping Too Much- I still have problems with this one. However, being so numb somedays you either just want to stay awake, almost like feeling like there isn’t enough time in the day, or just want to sleep and hope whatever you’re feeling just goes away. When I was a bit younger, all I wanted to do was sleep, I would spend days in bed at a time, not even eating. Depression is one of those mental illnesses that just puts you in such a dark place hence sleep.

Irritability- Of course we have things that irritate us throughout our days, however someone who is suffering with depression, it can come off as Irritabilityaggressive. I still have things myself that depress me, and there can be days when I get irritated more than easily, but with me working on my personal development and being conscious of it, I’m working towards being more positive in my life. Those educating themselves on depression, it’s another matter of being patient with that person, somedays we feel like we are mad at that world or ourselves, but it does pass. Give them space as well.

Restlessness- I firmly believe restlessness corresponds with the insomnia and sleeping too much. When awake you feel like there isn’t enough time in the day and that no matter what you do, you can’t seem to relax, because the thoughts are racing, and when the thoughts are racing it definitely contributes to the insomnia. It’s felt at the physical level as well. It’s exhausting but implement positive changes in your life, like organizing your time and dealing with issue that are affecting your emotional state. Those educating themselves, encourage positive changes for the person suffering, give resources on organizing.

Lost of interest in things that were pleasurable- Over the years I have noticed that I lost a lot of interest in things that were once enjoyable to me. Lost in Interest in things that were once pleasureableEven though you might think you lost them, everything that is lost is meant to be found. Even if you lost interest in certain things, definitely try new things, you should want to have interests in your life that brings happiness to yourself. It lowers the feels of the depression.

Crazy how many symptoms manifest!?

Overeating/ or appetite loss- Oh this one is hitting me in the feels right now. For most of my life I’ve always had a rotten relationship with food. Because of the adversities I faced in my life I often ate my feelings. Something I still struggle with to this day. However, I’m conscious of my problem with food and my emotions. You have to become aware of it on your own time, another epiphany moment. There were days when I didn’t want to eat at all however I’m definitely a struggler with overeating more with this symptom.

Digestive/GI Tract Problems- Another symptom I think corresponds with Overeating or Appetite Loss. Because of my overeating symptom, I don’t have the best of gut health. With us people who suffer from depression, we eat too DIgestion/GI Tractmuch or eat too little and that sends our bodies into haywire. My suggestion is try to get your vitamins and minerals, drink lots of water, and get probiotics to help with the good bacteria. Diet is a huge contribute to slaying your depression.

Suicidal Thoughts or Attempts- Back in 2014, when my depression was at it’s peak. I often thought about killing myself or jumping off the High Level Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta where I was living at the time. I was also in a very difficult situation as well. I was un-diagnosed sick with a nuerological condition- where I was constant sick or fatigued, had issues with roommates- difficulty finding a place to live, and also some pretty bad substance abuse as well. With all these things it was no wonder I had these thoughts, my work at the time sought out counsel for me, I went to my doctor, and all I wanted to do was sleep or kill myself. I put my own mother and friends through hell!

My suggestion is try to be conscious of these thoughts or attempts, because the moment that you succeed you are hurting the friends and family within your life.


Depression Signs

There are certain signs that you can tell when a person is depressed. Every watch a cheesy RomCom and the dude walks away from the girl, and he’s sitting in his apartment or house on the couch with a coffee table full of garbage and watching TV. This was certainly one sign my friends and family had noticed that I was depressed because I was such a slob. When your personal appearance starts to fall, that should be a sign that something is going on mentally.

Persistent Sadness is another sign. One thing I always and I means always get asked, even to this day is “Are you okay?” because I always had this sad look to my face, of course I was sad but I would hide it from the people that love me. Because I couldn’t stand the idea of burdening other people.

Isolation is another sign you should look at for yourself or the person you’re trying to understand. With me working in hospitality working with people can be certainly exhausting, so retreating is not a bad thing. It’s when you don’t socialize with people, don’t answer your phone, any communications ceased and just stay where your put. For people educating themselves, if you notice a certain person isn’t much in your life. You should check on them or attempt to get them out of their home.

Anxiety is another common sign that someone is depressed. Low self-worth can lead to anxiety. People suffering worry about their personal and professional future. They may feel certain that they are likely to fail at both. Feelings of anxiety may be absent in severely depressed individuals who give up altogether. They might be unable to dwell upon the consequences of their choices. I firmly believe that depression also corresponds with anxiety.

Reckless Behaviour is another sign someone is depressed. Risky behaviour in people who are usually cautious can occur. Finances might be affected by impulsive spending and investments. Dangerous adventure trips, indiscreet sexual activity, and substance abuse are possible. Loved one’s might fear for the person’s safety.

Talking about the risks will likely be ineffective, and the person might get angry. Even though talking about their reckless behaviour is ineffective, this is another epiphany moment, they have to realize that they are reckless.


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Of course depression manifests differently in everybody however I hope this gives someone insight what a depressed person might be going through. Thank you for listening to my story.

To those educating themselves I hope this gives you some insight what a person might be going through. To those that are depressed, remember you’re loved and becoming conscious of your disease will help you towards dealing with your depression.

Yours Truly,



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Coping Skills For Depression, Slay the blues!

Hello, Welcome back to my website Slaying Your Depression. In this article, I’m going to be talking about coping skills for depression and what we can do to slay those blues away. Get you back to your former happy self.

Coping Skills For Depression


One thing I find when dealing with depression is reaching out to someone who is going to be unbiased and listen to what you have to say. Dealing with depression on your own can be extremely difficult to maintain a healthy perspective, and sustain the effort to fighting the depression. At the very same time the nature of depression can make it difficult to reach to people in the first place.

When you are depressed reaching out can be proven difficult because you might be ashamed, guilty, or just plain exhausted to talk about it. Keeping in touch with people in your life such as your family and friends will make the world of a difference.

You want to partake in Social Activities as it will help with your mood and ease the pain. Reaching out to other people be not a sign of weakness, it is STRENGTH! The people in your life care for you and want to see you be happy. And if you DON’T HAVE ANYONE TO TURN TO, it is never too late to build a larger social circle or reach out to support resources.

How To Reach Out To People?

Look For People Who Really Care And Feel Safe To Talk To – These people should be good listeners, and are not going to judge you because of your mental illness.Look For People Who Really Care And Feel Safe To Talk To

You want someone who is compassionate and understanding of your situation.

Make Person To Person A Priority- We live in a time when technology makes it so much more convenient to stay in touch with people but there’s no authenticity behind it anymore. The simple act of talking to someone face to face about your depression can actually contribute to depression relief.

Supporting Others – The simple act of even helping others can bring relief as well. It’s nice to receive support but research has shown that even helping someone else out can increase your mood. Big or small. Could be a listening ear, or a random act of kindness.

Get A Pet – While nothing can’t top human interaction, having a pet can create companionship and a loving relationship. When I got an animal myself I found that it brought me joy and made me feel a little less isolated and alone.    Get a petCaring for an animal can really get you out of comfort zone and give you a sense of feeling needed and wanted which in my opinion is one of the best anti-depressants! You should want to feel needed and wanted!

Join A Support Group – I know what you’re thinking, “why would I go to a bunch of random strangers and discuss my depression?” Well believe it or not, joining a group who are suffering just as equally can reduce the isolation feeling. You can be inspiration for other people, give and receive advice and sharing Your story.

Reach Out Get Connected


One thing I found with coping with depression, is doing things that make you happy or brings joy to Your life. It could be things you used to do or things you’re currently interested in. Even when you’re depressed, you should push yourself into doing something. You might be surprised how better you feel after doing an activity you enjoy. Do something out of your norm, like picking up a sport, new hobbies, or travelling somewhere new.


Get a good solid 8 hours sleep – We know that depression often involves sleep problems but attempting to get a good nights rest can often contribute to a better mood and lessen feels of depression. Get on a better sleep schedule by learning healthy sleep habits.

Figure Out What Is Stressing You Out- Not only does stress prolong depression it keeps you depressed. So you need to find what stresses you in your life and attempt to cut it out of your life. Toxic People? Cut them out. Toxic Environment? GET OUT! Money Issues? These are just some examples what everyday people encounter on a regular basis.

Learn Relaxing Techniques- This sounds easier than done, but Rome wasn’t built overnight. Meditation has been a key relaxing technique I learned that aided in dealing with my own depression. This is just one example. Other things that you can try is Yoga, Deep Breathing exercises, or progressive muscle relaxation. All these techniques have been proven to increase your mood, reduce stress and lessen the symptoms of your depression.

Create a Wellness Box- It doesn’t have to be anything specific but it should be activities that you should enjoy. Example, I love to go for long walks listening to music, going swimming, or reading a good book.

Support Your Health


Exercise has been proven that it can aid in dealing with depression, creating endorphins also known as the “happy hormone” Getting up and moving is one of those depression killers out there to aid in slaying your depression.

Being tired will improve when you stick with it- Exactly what I said. When you stick with it and create a routine, the tired will fade and the energy will go up. It’s like a weight scale, the more you add, the scale will balance in that favour.

Find a rhythmic activity- When dealing with my depression, I found lifting weights was my forte. Get the music going, and just slay lifting some decently heavy dumbbells. Other activities I could recommend would be things like the Elliptical, Running, Fast Walking, Aerobics, Spin Classes, Swimming or even Dancing – like Salsa. The activity should also be continuous as well. So find what works for you, and know Your limitations.

Get an activity partner- I highly believe in having a partner to accompany you. It should be someone you can trust, be transparent, compassionate and someone who is open. It’s a double win, because not only could you talk to this person what your are feeling but you get to slay at an activity you enjoy. Best of both worlds!

Add a mindfulness element- Especially if your depression is rooted in unresolved trauma or fed by obsessive, negative
thoughts. Focus on how you feel as you move, such as the sensation of Your feet on the ground, or the rhythm of Your breathing.

Get up Get Moving


This is probably the hardest thing to do, to turn your already negative mindset to a more positive one. Feelings of feeling hopeless, powerless, weak – these are all things that depression manifest. When these thoughts overwhelm you, its important to remember that they aren’t realistic, this is a mental illness, and they are the symptoms of the depression.

Learn to recognize speaking negativity- This was an especially tough one for me to recognize within myself, to the point that it affected relationships with other people. It eventually came to a point that I had people tell me straight up that I’m very pessimistic. So when you start to recognize some things that you are saying that are negative, attempt to talk in a more positive mindset, this is imperative, because when you think negative- you attractive negative, simply as that.

Don’t let one bad experience hold you down- The unfortunate thing about life is that we have all up and downs. People who suffer from depression feel this a bit differently. We have one bad experience and wonder “What the heck am I doing wrong?” and it frickin’ haunts us for days at times. Try not to overgeneralize on one negative experience, it won’t hold true forever.

Jumping to Conclusions- You should know your facts before you start jumping to conclusions. This is something I still suffer with, I am a people person, and a bit socially awkward however, I jump to conclusions that people don’t like me, I am not doing a good enough job, or I am disappointing someone. So make sure you know your facts before making assumptions/conclusions.

Should’ve, Could’ve, Would’ve/ Should not, Could not, Would not- This is all too familiar to me. Holding yourself to a strict rules of do’s and don’ts- then beating yourself up for it. You should never feel guilty in the choices you make in this world. We all make certain choices for a reason- an escape, to better ourselves, to be more transparent. Remember to never beat yourself up because you made a choice for yourself.



I hope this is a help to anyone that is in the works of slaying there depression. Remember you matter, there are people out there that care and love you. Together we will end the stigma on mental health and start living our best lives.


If you have any questions, concerns, or more info please don’t hesitate to comment below or message me.

Yours truly,

Nathan 🙂

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About Nathan

Hi there, my name is Nathan and welcome to my Slay Your Depression website. About Nathan

Depression has been an adversity I’ve faced my entire life. Over the years I have purchases products and learned skills that I found aided in managing depression. Growing up talking about mental illness was a huge stigma which made it extremely difficult to reach out or seek treatment. Presently it is estimated that 1 in 5 people will suffer from some form of mental illness (e.g Depression)

I want to end the stigma on mental health and for it to be taken more seriously.

Over the years I’ve learned a lot about depression, how it affects us, techniques, products and person experience perspective that could aid in your fight with depression. I want to offer others insight into many of these, as well provide updated tips, techniques and products that real people are using these days.


I’ve probably been depressed for practically most of my life. Unfortunately I was face with adversities more than the average person. I was bullied in school, I had no friends, I have been homeless, battled addiction, didn’t have the best home life as a youth and substance abuse – you get the idea.

These were the cards that were dealt to me and definitely put me in a dark place, because like they say “Stuff Happens” Am I right?

I realized 1/4 into my 20s that feeling this way is something I never want to feel like; dark, empty, day to day, sad, stuck. It’s when I started taking a more active role in my mental health for a better well-being that I’ve noticed a difference in the intensity of my depression. Depression is like a roller coaster though, you’re going to have good days and bad days like everyone else but doesn’t mean you can’t take action to make it hurt just a little bit less.



Why do I want to help the fighters? Because we’ve been through the most stuff in life and I want to be a beacon of light for people suffering from depression, and acknowledge that it is okay to talk and manage your depression. I want people to live a fulfilling life and get back that ray of sunshine that was blacked out from the darkness. Everyone deserves a fair chance at being happy in life – End of story.



The purpose of the website is for people who suffer from depression or mental illnesses applicable to find techniques, tips and products that could aid in your fight.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,


Medical Disclaimer- The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.