Things to Look Out For
Feeling sad is not the same as depression. When we have a tough week at work or are going through a breakup, the term “depression” is often used informally to describe how we feel. Major depressive disorder, on the other hand, is a far more sophisticated kind of depression. There are unique signs that distinguish depression from the melancholy we all experience from time to time.
Signs of Depression
Which way is up?
Your job demands a lot from you. Physically and yes mentally. Most of the time you don’t even notice but daily grind a cumulative affect can get to you. Generally, you deal with it, but there comes a point where you should pay attention to what your body and emotions are telling you. Feelings of gloom and powerlessness that persist can be warning signs of depression. You need to pay attention.
I don’t care
Have you ever been to a party, gathering or at a game that you would ordinarily enjoy and look around and think why am I here or I want to get out of here? A loss of interest or indifference to things and places you once enjoyed is red flag of significant depression.
I’m so tired
Fatigue, exhaustion, and a generally lack of energy are big time potential sighs of depression. Realizing that you are looking to lay down, nap frequently or sleep too much are symptoms that can indicate you are experiencing depression.
I can’t think straight
Many with depression have trouble focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing they are worried about. Connecting the dots, thinking in a straight line Is difficult. This should be cause of concern.
My skin is crawling
Depression and anxiety are two different things, but they have been known to occur together. Anxiety can cause a nervousness, pending doom, panic, and physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat. Additionally, heavy sweating and trembling have been experienced by some. Again, any or all of these are things you should see as reasons to reach out for help.
I am mad at the world
People with depression may exhibit signs such as irritation, escapist or risky behavior, substance addiction, or misplaced rage, according to research. This can be dangerous to yourself and those you love. A clear sign you should seek help.
My clothes don’t fit
People suffering from depression may have fluctuations in their weight and appetite. This could be a unique experience for each person. Some people will gain weight due to an increased appetite, while others will lose weight due to a lack of hunger.
The demons are winning
Suicide is sometimes linked to depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 42,000 persons died by suicide in the United States in 2020. Don’t be one of those. Get help.
Signs of Suicidality
Suicide does not have one single cause. Certain factors like substance abuse and untreated depression can lead to higher risk of suicide just as having a trusted group of friends can help protect you.
Individual Risk Factors:
- Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders
- Alcohol and other substance use disorders
- Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
- Recent job or financial loss
- Recent loss of relationship
- Lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
When to Take Action
Someone threatening to hurt or kill him/herself or talking about wanting to die. Especially if the person has a weapon or item to hurt himself/herself.