Tips for Recognising Depression
Depression is classified as a mood disorder that affects how we might usually operate and function through our days, it’s a lonely place indeed and one that is best dealt with promptly in order to prevent sliding down into a crisis point.
It’s completely normal to experience sadness in times of difficulties and to allow yourself to be upset when faced with difficult and troubling times. If we bottle up our tears and sadness then we may experience more serious problems further down the line, which can then lead to a more significant low mood that may develop into depression. So expressing your emotions/tears as and when we need to is actually an important part of dealing with the upset. I know that in times of my life when I have been faced with difficult situations I have allowed myself to cry and feel the hurt, which in turn helped me to fight and become stronger and able to deal with whatever I needed to.
Depression if reaches critical crisis point can be a high contributing factor to suicidal thoughts. The deaths rates from suicide are staggering! Back in 2018 in the UK and the Republic of Ireland alone, we saw the number of suicides reach a worrying 6,859, these numbers are just so tragically sad and preventable. Reaching out for help when we are worried about developing depression is vital, it can be through friends, family or professional help in the form of a GP or mental health professionals, it doesn’t pay to suffer in silence.
Sufferers of depression can have a downward spiral of negative events due to their mental health condition. It becomes increasingly difficult to maintain the normality of their usual day, such as work, needing time off or even losing jobs which then effects paying bills and mortgages and this then of course places tremendous added pressure which plummets their depression even further. Those that suffer from this illness tend to lose interest in life its self, they have no desire to meet people so they become isolated from the rest of the world. It is also usual that personal hygiene and general care of themselves suffers as they have no desire or even energy to be able to undertake any normal daily self-care routines. Energy is something that becomes very noticeable with people suffering from depression and they tend to sleep for long bouts and still feel tired when they wake or they don’t sleep enough, but both are noticeably magnified.
Recognising the signs of depression
There are many signs of depression to look out for, for either yourself or a loved one, colleague or friend. The following are some signs that you may look out for.
- Lack of motivation: Usual interests are no longer important and there is no desire to do things
- Sleep problems: Sleep can be affected, either bouts of heavy sleep that happen during the day and at unusual times. Or sleep difficulties
- Lack of self-care: Normal daily care routines diminish, clothes may be dirty and they generally have no interest in looking after themselves
- Self-isolation: lack of interest in the usual meeting with friends or family and not wanting to attend events and social gatherings
- Behaviour: substance abuse and relying on alcohol or medicines to get them through.
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