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Can You Absolutely See the Warning Signs of Depression


I just got back for my first therapy at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care in Punta Gorda.  I got sent home with a few work sheets and at the top of one was titled “Warning Signs of Depression.” I thought, hey that would be a great update of my 2008 Mental Health Humor cartoon titled “Signs of Depression” (see post: Top 5 Things To Do If You THINK You’re Depressed (Cartoons)) see toon:

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When I’m asked about my depression, I normally make a joke and say it’s depressing. I use humor to deflect the truth because I seriously doubt anyone would want to sit for a few hours and listen to me ramble on…of the hopeless void of pitiful joy-sucking-emotion-draining-worthless-despair I feel over having burnt toast with my scrambled eggs… It’s SO depressing!

If you are lucky and have a friend that will listen, you will find talking helps…even if you think it’s the burnt toast that is making you depressed…when, in reality, it may be something more clinical. The toast may have been a trigger or one of many “Signs Of Depression“ that together may warn of a looming relapse or a warning sign of depressive episode ahead. (You need a professional to determine a diagnosis.)

 Warning Signs Of Depression

Mood Symptoms

  • * Depressed Mood
  • * irritability
  • * loss of love/interest in activities
  • * Social withdrawal: not calling friend or family, missing work – isolating
  • * E-social withdrawal Facebook /Twitter / social network update/ text:  accounts deleted or  not updated or negative updates with suicidal terminology
  • * Preoccupation with death/ Suicidal thinking
  • * Sadness and crying

Physical Symptoms

  • * No energy – lethargic – apathetic
  • * Need for Sleeping – more or less Sleep is one common connection with depression. Many dealing with clinical depression have expressed no need for sleep, the lacking desire to get out of bed.  I know this is true for me.
  • * Increased or decreased appetite
  • * Increased or decreased weight
  • * Lose tract of time, and tend to slow down movement – perpetual-slow-motion
  • * lack of sexual desire or gratification
  • * Physical aches and pains have been noted by many and/or inflammation of co-existing issues.

Cognitive Symptoms

  • * Worthlessness, Self-hate
  • * Guilt
  • * Despair and Hopelessness
  • * Distracted can focus
  • * Lazy brained


Can You Absolutely See the Warning Signs of Depression

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2014). Can You Absolutely See the Warning Signs of Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 5, 2020, from


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