Some people experience a downward spiral of depression1
Extremes of social behaviors and mood can be experienced by people with depression2
It can be helpful to recognize and look out for warning signs of extreme behavior and seek appropriate help and support
People sometimes talk about a downward spiral of events that leads to depression. Being depressed, you may stop sleeping, eating, and socializing. Some try to cope by using drugs or drinking too much alcohol. All of this can make you feel worse and can result in a downward spiral of depression.1 Although some triggers will be beyond your control, it is possible to avoid extremes and it is important to ask for help and support when you need it.
It can be helpful to recognize and look out for warning signs of extreme behaviors and when extremes of moods occur, have an action plan ready that includes external help and support.
NHS. Causes. Clinical depression. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/clinical-depression/causes/.
American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5. 5 ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press 2013.