Depression is complicated. It's not always the most in-your-face of conditions, and the severity and the way it affects the person vary based on an individual's situation. And although only a doctor can actually diagnose the condition, there are some common habits that could be signs of depression.
It can be hard to discern when you've crossed the line from a typical daily habit to a sign that there's something else going on. Oftentimes it comes down to change, as Marianne Clyde, a licensed marriage and family therapist, tells Romper. The changes themselves may be subtle. You likely won't go from never doing something to doing it regularly in a short period of time, which can make it difficult for you to notice yourself. This is why Clyde says it you notice changes in a friend or family member, gently reaching out is a good idea. If your habits or routines are unusual for you and your life circumstances, they may be signs that things aren't OK. If you're concerned that you have a habit — or many habits — that might signal depression, reaching out to a qualified therapist or counselor might be a good idea. They'll be able to help you figure out if the habit is nothing to worry about or if you might benefit from getting some help for your depression. Either way, you'll know.