One of the biggest problems about depressive episodes is that they can be insidious. They can sneak up silently and slowly, staying underneath any surface awareness until they’re well and truly entrenched. Mine are that way a lot; although I have a long list of items that I watch for as signs, I don’t catch them all. This happened recently, and was extremely distressing to not just me but to several of my friends and co-workers.
Fortunately, when it finally manifested itself openly, I hadn’t yet gotten down far enough to be unable to recognize what it was; thus I was able to take (and did take) immediate steps to address it.
There are any number of lists of depressive symptoms out there, and they’re fairly similar: