Student doctor reveals the little-known signs of you might be suffering depression

Do you struggle to sleep without background noise? Student doctor reveals the three little-known signs you might be suffering depression

  • Mental health activist Zachery Dereniowski has shared three signs of depression
  • The 28-year-old student doctor from the University of Sydney uses TikTok
  • He spreads information to help people who are struggling with mental health


A student doctor has revealed some of the little known signs you may be suffering from depression including leaving the television on while you sleep.

Mental health activist, Zachery Dereniowski, 28, shared the little-known signs on TikTok and Instagram recently after revealing his own battle with depression last year.

‘Things that you might not know are symptoms of depression,’ he started in the video which shows him in a dark room playing with a cigarette lighter.

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A student doctor has revealed some of the little known signs you may be suffering from depression including leaving the television on while you sleep

The three signs he mentioned in the most recent video are not the only signs and people with depression don't have to identify with them but they could flag an issue for people who do feel that way

A student doctor has revealed some of the little known signs you may be suffering from depression including leaving the television on while you sleep

‘Feeling like you are faking it because what people see is so different to how you feel,’ he said, beginning his list.

‘Struggling to sleep without the TV on  because silence leaves you alone with negative, intrusive thoughts,’ he added.

‘And breaking down over things that are small because it feel as though your life is falling apart,’ he finished.

The video quickly went viral and has been seen 145k times.

What are the three signs you could be depressed? 

1 – You always have to have the television on for background noise. Even when you are going to sleep because being alone with your thoughts is dangerous. 

2 – You feel like you are faking it because what people see and how you feel are very different.

3 – You break down over small things because it feels like your whole life is falling apart. 

Mental health activist, Zachery Dereniowski, 28, works tirelessly to help provide support to people suffering with poor mental health

Mental health activist, Zachery Dereniowski, 28, works tirelessly to help provide support to people suffering with poor mental health

‘To whoever reads this, your life matters. No one can replace you. I’m thankful you were born. I love you so much. Read that again,’ he wrote.

And people soon commented to reveal they relate to the three secret symptoms.

‘I literally need to put a random podcast on my spare phone to get to sleep,’ one young woman said.

‘I feel like you have called me out and that’s not ok,’ said another. 

Another woman said she finds herself simply sleeping a lot so she can avoid thinking. 

‘I just had a breakdown hearing this, I am so sad and can’t take it anymore,’ another woman said. 

Zac is a student doctor from Canada who is studying in Sydney. He implores people who identify with the feelings described in his videos to seek help from a doctor.

A student doctor has revealed the four signs you have high functioning anxiety and 'don't even know it'

Mental health activist, Zachery Dereniowski, recently revealed people may be living with the mental health condition if they constantly have very high expectations of themselves

A student doctor has revealed the four signs you have high functioning anxiety and  ‘don’t even know it’

He has previously revealed he suffered from poor mental health in 2020 and consistently strives to give advice to help others.

He also raises red flags for people who may be suffering with anxiety.

He recently revealed people may be living with the mental health condition if they constantly have very high expectations of themselves.

‘Mediocre is never enough,’ he explained.

What are the four signs of high functioning anxiety he shared? 

1 – You appear successful and calm to others on the outside, but they don’t get it

2 – You have very high expectations of yourself. Mediocre is never enough.

3 – You have difficulty saying no and asking for help because you fear looking weak

4 –  Overthinking is your best friend because you need to make the right decision 

These are not the only signs and people don’t have to have all of them

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression or anxiety call 13 11 14 or use their anonymous chat service here. 

He said appearing successful and calm on the outside in another red flag – especially if you feel like other people ‘don’t get it’.

‘You have difficulty saying no and asking for help because you fear looking weak,’ he said.

‘Overthinking is your best friend because you need to make the right decision.’ 

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression or anxiety call 13 11 14 or use their anonymous chat service here.