You have often heard the word depression and you may have suffered from this at some point of your life. You may have seen someone close to you suffering mentally and you realise that they don’t even know that they are depressed. Also, you may be in a similar situation right now. Let’s talk about it and see what are the signs and symptoms of depression and how you can actually deal with it.
“When people don’t know exactly what depression is, they can be judgemental.”– Marion Cotillard
Depression is a common mental disorder which often confused with sadness. But it is different from usual mood fluctuations which we all often experience in day to day life. It can make the person suffer mentally and physically at extreme levels and at its worst, it can end your life. It is important for all of us to have the knowledge of signs and symptoms of depression so that we can realise the need of seeing a mental health professional if we feel so for ourselves or even for our friends and family members.
- Key Facts by WHO
- 5 Signs And Symptoms Of Depression
- Helpless Attitude
- Disturbed Sleep
- Uncontrollable Emotions
- Changes in Appetite and Weight
- Looking At Death
- When To See a Doctor
- Get Help
- Helpline Numbers
- Special Tip To Stay From Mental Health Issues- Meditation
Before listing the signs of depression, take a look over what the World Health Organisation (WHO) says about this serious mental illness.
- Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
- There are effective psychological and pharmacological treatments for moderate and severe depression.
- Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year.
Although the effective treatments are known, 75%-80% people receive no treatment for mental disorders due to the barriers like the social stigma associated with mental illness, not having a proper set up for psychological treatments, lack of awareness about mental health or they never get diagnosed timely.
Read through these lines to be aware of depression and realise the need of proper treatment before its too late.
5 Signs And Symptoms Of Depression
Depression often starts with tension or stress. Maybe something which was not good or sort of a failure which people fail to digest or forget gives birth to self-doubt, unhappiness and discontent. The symptoms of depression may vary from light to severe depending upon the person and the circumstances.
1. Helpless Attitude
Depression affects your thought process. You start feeling hopeless and helpless about the way you are, about your actions, about your situations and about your failures. This happens due to all the negativity you inculcate inside you and consequently, other symptoms may include self-hate and guilt. These are the most common signs of a depressed person.
Books are called the best friends and reading some pages daily can make you feel so good and light that it even releases out the negative energy from inside. Reading the book which is titled, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari can actually help you a lot if you are feeling worthless and unhappy. Do yourself a favour and read it now.
2. Disturbed Sleep
A depressed person often experience disturbed sleep cycle. Either you sleep too much or may suffer from insomnia. Sleeping too much can cause fatigue and thereby you might feel a complete loss of interest from activities you commonly enjoy to do like sports, reading, etc. You do not enjoy things and appreciate what you have when you are not fit mentally. A disturbed sleep can cause hormonal imbalance and reduce the ability to give your hundred per cent at work.
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3. Uncontrollable Emotions
One minute you burst out of anger while in next, you cry and weep alone. Your emotions become out of your control and this is not due to the outside activities, it is just your emotions go up and down. A depressed person can have extreme mood swings every now and again. You start feeling irritating for nothing and yell out of frustration on people around you.
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4. Changes In Appetite and Weight
This can vary from person to person. Some people may feel an increase in their appetite and gain weight while some may not eat frequently and lose weight. The appetite and weight generally fluctuates in depression and affects the overall health of a person.
5. Looking At Death
When you are depressed for long, your thoughts are uncontrollable and you are more likely to have negative thoughts about your existence. Before reaching to that situation, you show symptoms first. When you feel that you can’t bear it anymore you step towards harming yourself. You consider death as a solution to every problem you think you have. Always remember life is a precious gift and everyone is struggling in their own lives.
These are the five major signs and symptoms of depression. The other symptoms include nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, slowed concentration, agitation, forgetting things etc.
Here is an app which helps you test your emotions. Go there and track your disturbed emotions now.
When To See a Doctor
If you feel depressed, go to your doctor or any mental health professional before its too late. If you feel reluctant to seek a doctor’s help, feel free to talk to me or your family or your close friend. You can just comment down and I will definitely reply to you. Speak your heart out. Tell me or tell them how you are feeling. Plan a meeting and try to do what you love. Avoid solitude.
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If you are experiencing the above symptoms for more than two weeks or know someone who is in same state, don’t wait anymore to seek help. It is extremely important for you to take professional help.
If you need support, please reach out to following helpline numbers-
- Aasra: 022 2754 6669
- Sneha India Foundation: +914424640050
- Sanjivini: 011-24311918
If someone you know is in depression and you somehow know about it, then you must take care of the person. Reach out to the person and don’t leave him alone. Talk to him, listen more and speak less. Don’t judge, argue or yell. Be with him and take him to the doctor.
Remember- Your little efforts can save a person’s life. Mental illnesses are completely treatable. The need is to be aware and act appropriately on time. REDUCE THE STIGMA OF MENTAL HEALTH.
Watch this video now if you are feeling low and your day is not going well. Motivation has a lot of potential needed to throw out all your sadness away.
“You say you’re ‘depressed’ – all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.”― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
Special Tip To Stay Away From Mental Health Issues- Meditate
The signs and symptoms of depression can be hidden and seen at any point of your life. The only solution to stay away from depression is to be mentally stable and fit. A healthy mental state has the great power to give you the benefits in your work and personal life. It is the key to be happier and calmer. However, it is a little difficult to achieve because of the daily stress of work, expectations and many more reasons.
To deal with this, start meditating. The ultimate fruits of meditation are unbelievable. You will see the difference yourself once you start and stick to the practice. If you are beginner, this article will help you to start and reap the benefits- Meditation Techniques For Beginners.
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Take care ❤