Ben HaywardJanuary 11th
2021

A student doctor has spoken out about several lesser-known symptoms of depression in an effort to help people look out for both others and themselves during these testing times. 

Canadian medical student Zachery Dereniowski - also known as @mdmotivator on his social media channels - often shares mental health-related content in an effort to widen the conversation around mental health issues. 

In one of Zachery’s latest videos - which has now been viewed nearly two million times - he takes us through a short list of 'things you might not know are symptoms of depression'.

In the clip, Zachery stands near a waterfall, as text appears above him listing three symptoms: "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.”

In a follow-up video, he shared further 'secret signs of depression that you didn't know’ that can indicate how you or someone you’re close to is really feeling. 

The text says: “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.”

Zachery, who is also the co-founder of the Mental Health Movement, is currently studying at medical school at the University of Sydney, specialising in mental health.

Speaking to UNILAD in November, he explained that he doesn't see himself as an expert, but that he wants to use his platform to help.

Zachery said: “I do my best to use my social media platform to raise awareness, de-stigmatise (not sensationalise) mental health, give people a voice to be heard in hopes that they seek the support they deserve," he said.

Her also revealed that one of the things he particularly likes about the videos is that they often reach the spouses, partners or best friends of people who are struggling with mental health problems, helping them 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."

You can check out more of Zachery’s videos on his TikTok page: www.tiktok.com/@mdmotivator.

Don't forget that TOTUM members get FREE access for 6 months (normally £9.99/month) to Mindbox’s online therapy centre until April 2021.

Co-founded by TV presenter and journalist, Anna Richardson, Mindbox has partnered with TOTUM to support UK students affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, by offering free access to mental health support to help manage and overcome stress, anxiety, performance nerves, panic attacks and more.

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