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Why does every little thing that didn't seem to annoy me in the past becomes such a huge deal when I am depressed?

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Last Updated: 05/15/2018 at 11:32am
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Top Rated Answers
stronger10
July 27th, 2015 1:18am
Depression can magnify things that may seem small. It can make a small annoyance a big annoyance. It may be helpful to recognize that depression is exaggerating the annoyance for the time being.
Shannice
May 4th, 2015 6:25pm
When you're depressed, your mind jumps back to things that maybe up to this point you've been trying to forget. A lot of the time, when we think of things we don't really want to, it does make us depressed. Other than that, when we are depressed our minds feed on our imperfections and they can make you feel worse than you already do
helpfuldot
May 7th, 2015 2:29am
Depression can magnify your feelings of hopelessness, stress and mess with your sleep cycles. All of these can decrease your ability to just let small things go, and they build and everything can begin to bother you.
falakbano
June 23rd, 2015 1:42pm
when i am depressed negative thinking sees ths bad side of all situations... so create positive thoughts
YourfriendEmma
July 20th, 2015 1:31am
Sometimes the weight of everything combined can feel like a handful. Think, if you offered to carry a friend's backpack it wouldn't be that heavy-but if you carried 10 friend's backpacks it's suddenly much heavier. Add more, and you may not be able to walk. Just remember this too shall pass.
Anonymous
July 27th, 2015 12:02pm
Because when people are depressed they think mostly negative thoughts & focuses on negatives things, so when people think about things they start finding out negative problems in everything & get annoyed
Shunyata
November 10th, 2015 8:03pm
When happy, one doesn't notice small annoying things. That little thing that didn't annoy you in the past might become a huge deal now, because a depressed person focuses on negative things and suddenly the smallest things feel like the biggest.
dancingTurtle59
November 17th, 2015 8:15am
it is like weight on a camels back when depressed the weight is increased so even the little things are more bothering i ted to believe the little things r the reason i am depressed
Clayne
January 26th, 2016 2:43pm
When you are depressed, from my experience, you just become so tired. Everything takes so much energy and you just don't care enough to do anything. Sometimes we lash out to hide what we're really feeling inside. (For example, you might get annoyed at someone asking how you're feeling). Many times we use anger as a method of coping when we don't want to deal with larger issues or complex emotions such as depression, or guilt, or hurting. It's easier to blame the world around you for the way you're feeling sometimes then think constructively and find ways to fix your depression. It could also just be a lack of sleep, healthy eating, or exercise.
happyPond89
February 15th, 2016 4:42am
loud noises are greatened when played in a funnel. your emotions are on high, the tinyest thing cpuld set it off
theAngel1
June 20th, 2016 1:51pm
Because when you're depressed,you think of all the mistakes you made and you see your every flaw. You only think of the bad things you did. But that's why we're here. We'll help you.
lindsey91602
November 21st, 2016 6:42pm
Most people tend to blow things out of proportion when they have clinical depression. Most of the time, people will only focus on the negative things in most/all situations.
awksolli
January 30th, 2018 1:54pm
when you are depressed you can often feel like you will never be happy, like you can't find a happy thought. so when you look back on things, you will tend to only see the sad parts because you are upset.
Anonymous
April 9th, 2018 3:24am
It can because when you're depressed everything that didn't stop you comes back to you suddenly when you're sad and wanting to know what went wrong that lead you to becoming where you are now.
Anonymous
May 15th, 2018 11:32am
Id say its because youre already depressed, so even the little tjigs are going to bother you further than they would if you weren't depressed.