Depression. It’s one of the most common mental illnesses. However, it still goes unnoticed by friends and family over those whom suffer from it. I’ve put together this post to help inform, and raise a little more awareness on how to spot someone who is potentially suffering from depression.
Please note - not everyone with depression suffers the same symptoms. Some people may only exhibit a couple of symptoms, whereas others may exhibit more. Depression - and any mental illness - differs from person to person.
They have been sad for a prolonged period of time: depression isn’t just feeling sad for a few days. Clinically, depression is called as having a low mood for two weeks or more.
They have become secretive or withdrawn: many people who are suffering from depression tend to withdraw from friends fang family. They may become extremely socially awkward, trying to avoid social gatherings and making excuses for plans they may have already made.
They are eating more or less: many of us who suffer with depression have changed in appetite. For some, this may mean that they eat a lot more, and for others it means they eat a lot less. It really does depend on the person.
They may be covering their body more: this is for two reasons - they either may be trying to hide self harm marks or they have become conscious of their body. I myself have covered my body up more for both of these reasons.
They sleep a lot - or not at all: depression can wreak havoc on a persons sleeping pattern. There are those of us who sleep a lot more than we usually would, and there are those who barely sleep at all.
Feeling letheargic all the time: because depression is in the brain, a lot of people who suffer with depression will be lethargic and tired a lot. They are not lazy. Depression is a serious illness that basically sucks any energy out of you.
Disinterest in their usual likes/hobbies: as I mentioned in my last paragraph, depression pretty much sucksyou dry of all energy. And this can effect how much somebody enjoys their usual pastimes. Many who suffer with depression become completely disinterested in things they would usually love. This can be anything from TV programmes to activisties, to socialising.
I hope this post post has helped you with ways you can notice depression in someone.
If you are worried about someone you care about, please encourage them to get help - it is best to try and nip these illnesses in the bud before the progress and become more difficult to treat.
Catch you all very soon!