If the onset of depression always seems to surprise you, here are seven signs that your mood is headed south.
#1) Withdrawing from social interaction
Regardless of whether you are naturally introverted or extroverted, if you find yourself struggling to socialize, bipolar depression could be on the horizon. Make note of ‘red flag’ behaviors such as not returning calls or texts, cancelling regular activities with friends, or even altering your daily routine to avoid social interaction at the grocery store or mall.
#2) Impaired memory
One of the hallmark symptoms of bipolar depression is the presence of cognitive-based symptoms. As such, small impairments in memory—misplacing things, struggling to remember your daily to-do list—may be indicative of a downswing into bipolar depression.