The linguistic signs of depression.
Most of us may feel miserable or down from time to time. Depressed people, on the other hand, may experience a significant change in their behavior, feelings, thoughts, and physical feature.
Behavioral change may include:
- Stop doing the activities previously enjoyed
- Consumes alcohol and other substances
- Lost concentration
- Stop hanging with others
- Find difficulty in completing a task at hand
- Being guilty
- Being overwhelmed
- Easily get frustrated
- Have difficulty in finding happiness
- Unable to stay confident
- Easily get disappointed
- Find difficulty in making decisions
- Put the blame on himself/herself
- Degrades oneself
- Lost hope
- Focuses on the negative side of an event
- Feel tired all the time
- Find difficulty in sleeping
- Gain or loss weight
- Experience headaches
Research findings suggest that depressed people have a common linguistic pattern. They often use the words “I” and “me”.
Experts believe that depressed people find themselves detached from the world. As a result, they turn their attention inward.
This is the reason why diagnosing depression is always a challenge. Depressed people tend to keep their personal experiences hidden. They seldom share it with others. So the signs of depression are concealed.
Other signs of depression found among depressed people is the use of “absolutist” words. Among of the most common words are “totally”, “completely”, and “always”.
Depressed individuals tend to focus on either side of things. They don’t pay attention to the middle.
For instance, if they focused on the negative side of the event, there’s no chance of evaluating the positive side. It’s either black or white. There’s no grey.
The authors of the study published in the journal of Clinical Psychological Science concluded. “… absolutist thinking has some trait-like qualities that persist outside of depressive episodes.”
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