Introverted or Depressed? Know the Difference

Are you introverted or depressed? Learn the difference! #mentalhealthawareness #suicideprevention #depression #introvert

I‘ve learned that there is often a sort of blurriness of the line between depression and introversion. I’ve been a part of many introvert groups online where an alarming amount of the people posting in them didn’t seemed introverted at all, they seemed to be suffering from depression. So many of them talked about how sad they were or how much they’d lost hope in life and tried to call this introversion. Now, don’t get me wrong, you can be depressed AND introverted. You can even be depressed because you feel no one understands you because you are introverted. But depression and the symptoms that you feel because of it are not the same thing as introversion. I’d like to take this time to decipher the difference between the two.

ARE YOU DEPRESSED?

Depression is a very serious matter. It is something that I’ve struggled with in my life on a certain level. I also know people who continue to struggle with depression on a daily basis on a much larger level than I have. It can range in intensity from person to person and it has different symptoms on a case by case basis. Are you depressed? Here are some signs that you may be (although it is best to be properly diagnosed by a mental health professional, which I AM NOT):

  • Withdrawal/Isolation
  • Always tired/exhausted
  • Don’t have the will to leave bed
  • Lack of appetite
  • Poor hygiene
  • Mood swings (anger, sadness, helplessness)
  • Lost interest in the things/people that you love
  • A feeling of emptiness
  • Self harming
  • Addiction
  • No will to live
  • Suicidal thoughts

As you can see, depression has many faces and this isn’t even all of them. Something else to note is that none of the symptoms listed are characteristics of introversion. So if you are feeling these feelings, please know that they are not a direct correlation to being an introvert.

ARE YOU AN INTROVERT?

An introvert is someone who gets drained in more social settings and needs to be alone in order to recharge. We do like people, but prefer to be on our own more often than not. Introversion does not make you feel sad or lonely, but I think this is where the mix up comes into play. I think that people who aren’t properly educated on introversion may think that introverts like to be alone because we are unhappy in some way. But, spending the whole day in your room feeling hopeless and spending the whole day in your room recharging are two very different things (Want a checklist filled with mental recharging essentials? Get a free one when you SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter!). One is suffering and the latter is enjoying themselves. Here are some characteristics of introversion:

  • Gain energy in solitude
  • Prefer smaller crowds
  • Enjoy being alone
  • Observant
  • Quiet
  • Reserved
  • Smaller group of friends
  • Prefer less stimulating activities
  • Imaginative
  • Deep thinkers
  • Introspective

These are just some of the ways that you can describe introversion. You’ll notice that these characteristics are very different than those of depression.

IF YOU ARE DEPRESSED OR FEELING DOWN

If you believe that you suffer from depression in any degree, or that maybe your mood is just a bit low, there are things that you can do to help.

  • See a doctor.
  • Talk with someone trusted about how you’re feeling.
  • Make healthy lifestyle changes. (food choices, exercise, positive people around you, types of media that you choose to consume.)
  • Do things that make you feel good when you do them.
  • Research holistic options. (supplements, yoga, meditation, finding a holistic doctor, etc.)
  • Get outside. (yard work, walk in nature, picnic, etc.)

IF YOU ARE SUICIDAL OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS

Having suicidal thoughts is a VERY serious matter. If you or someone that you know is suicidal, there is always someone who you can talk to. There is never a need to feel ashamed of your feelings and there is ALWAYS someone who understands. Here is a hotline that you can call anonymously and toll free:

There are also other hotlines with people who are willing to listen to and help you with just about any issue that you may be having. Please click the link and utilize them if you need help.

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Are you introverted or depressed? Learn the difference! #mentalhealthawareness #suicideprevention #depression #introvert
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