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​Student Doctor Reveals Symptoms Of Depression Others May Not Know

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​Student Doctor Reveals Symptoms Of Depression Others May Not Know

A student doctor and TikToker has shared several lesser-known symptoms of depression, meaning that you can look out not only for others, but also even yourself.


Canadian medical student Zachery Dereniowski, who is also known as @mdmotivator on TikTok and other social platforms, regularly shares mental health-related content to help others.

One of his latest videos - which has gone viral after being viewed 1.8 million times - takes people through a short list of 'things you might not know are symptoms of depression'.


The clip features Dereniowski standing near a waterfall, as text appears above him listing out three symtoms: "Feeling like you're faking it, because what people see is so different from what you feel.

"Struggling to sleep without the TV on, because total silence leaves you alone with negative intrusive thoughts.

"Breaking down over things that are 'small', because you feel like your life is falling apart."

Credit: TikTok/@mdmotivator
Credit: TikTok/@mdmotivator

In a follow-up video, he also shared further 'secret signs of depression that you didn't know'.

Once again standing by the waterfall, Dereniowski detailed three more indicators in the video's captions, saying: "You lash out at others: you become easily irritable and angry with friends and yourself."

"You withdraw: it feels easier to push people away or withdraw socially."

"You always just feel exhausted: having no energy is a common warning sign."


Dereniowski, who is the co-founder of the Mental Health Movement, is currently at medical school at the University of Sydney and specialises in the field of mental health.

Speaking to LADbible's sister site UNILAD back in November, he explained that he doesn't see himself as an expert, arguing that he is an 'advocate, not a guru'."

I do my best to use my social media platform to raise awareness, destigmatize (not sensationalize) mental health, give people a voice to be heard in hopes that they seek the support they deserve," he said.


Dereniowski said one of the best things about the videos he creates is that they often reach the spouses, partners or best friends of mental health problems.

With his information, they can then learn how to better support their loved ones.

"These videos, although quite simplistic, offer a new perspective and let them see their significant other's situation in a new light," he explained.

"The chain reaction that some of these 15 second videos have had, leaves me speechless daily."


Check out more of Dereniowski's videos on his TikTok page: www.tiktok.com/@mdmotivator.

There are various resources that can help provide mental health support, including MIND, Samaritans and CALM:

0300 123 3393

Outside London: 0808 802 5858
Inside London: 0800 58 58 58

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@mdmotivator

Topics: Viral, U OK M8, World News, News, Mental Health

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