In the past, depression was not considered to be a mental illness or even a problem at all. Now, in fact, we see that depression is a serious danger to a person’s physical and mental health conditions, general well-being, productivity, and social life. In difficult cases, it may become a reason for suicide. So, in this article, we have gathered the most common symptoms of depression so you can identify it in yourself or your close ones and help acting right away to overcome the depressive condition and continue enjoying life with all its beautiful things full of happiness and joy.
Depression is not a condition that can be easily identified as not always bad mood or sadness are a real depression. However, the combination of a few signs and physical symptoms can hint to you that a person is in real trouble and needs help as very often, depressed people do not know what is going on with them and what they should do to feel better.
We all can feel down, be sad, upset, irritated for even no reason (although it may seem this way, there is always a reason). If you feel like this for a few days, like 2 or 3, especially when something bad happened (you lost your job, broke up with a boyfriend, had a problem with your parents, broke a car, and so on), it is quite okay, and as soon as you solve the problem, your mood will improve. You should start worry if you are in a depressed mood for no obvious reason and for a longer period of time. If everything is okay with your physical health, social life, money, job, and so on, but anyway, you feel as if you’ve been beaten by the car, it is a call to see a mental health professional.
If you notice yourself or someone from your family members, friends, or colleagues showing no interest, especially in the things they used to enjoy and love, this is one of the signs of depression. Mentally and physically healthy people tend to enjoy life, have hobbies, and do the things that bring them physical and emotional satisfaction. Depression affects a human’s desire to do something in general. So, when you see someone you know who aimlessly spends all the free time on the couch watching TV or staring at the ceiling, do not rush into judgments. Maybe, it is better to talk to the person about his/her emotional and physical problems.
Loss of appetite and obvious gluttony can be signs of severe depression. The first may occur as a result of the person’s lost interest in life, activity, desire to live in general, while the second condition may signal the person’s desire to replenish the lack of positive feelings by something we call “fast endorphins of happiness”. In any case, changes in appetite, rapid and uncontrolled weight gain, or weight loss are depressive symptoms and a medical condition that needs to be taken into serious consideration and treated.
Healthy people sleep well. If you or any of the people you know have trouble sleeping (cannot fall asleep or wake up early in the morning), these are warning signs of possible mental disorders and clinical depression. By the way, excessive sleeping also belongs to other symptoms of mild depression, proving a person’s loss of interest in life, decreased activity, and anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a major depressive disorder, making the person live in constant fear of something, especially widespread among older adults, which can lead to major depression and should be treated right away.
Here we are not talking about being tired after training in the gym, long walk, or all day working. It is more about the feeling when you or someone else already wakes up with no power or desire to do something like a squeezed lemon. Constant fatigue irrespectively of the hours and quality of sleep, activity during the day, and physical condition is one of the signs of depression that demands an immediate reaction and attention.
People suffering from anxiety and depression very rarely understand and notice it, so they really need care from their close ones. Do not be indifferent to the people who surround you at home, at work, on the street. Sometimes, they may seek treatment and need your help. Being in depression feels terrible. It may be a seasonal affective disorder (mainly in autumn or winter), a premenstrual dysphoric disorder in women, chronic illness, a result of some substance abuse, and so on. Whatever is the reason, the depressed person feels awful, lonely, broken, anxious, may have suicidal thoughts or bipolar disorder. If you notice a combination of at least 2 of the above-mentioned signs, consult the doctor. Or, if you see these symptoms in somebody you know, talk to the person and convince him/her to have an appointment in the clinic. You may save someone’s life.