Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world and effects approximately 14.8 million Americans. Since depression is such a prevalent illness it is important to be able to identify the signs and symptoms.
One of the tell tale signs of depressions is feelings and emotions. It may be hard to see and understand other’s emotions but here are a few ways to tell if someone might be suffering from depression.
- An overwhelming sadness that does not go away
- Feeling hopeless, guilty, worthless, irritable and restless
- Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
- Suicidal thoughts
Although depression mainly manifests itself through emotions, there are also some physical signs.
- Insomnia, excessive sleeping
- Fatigue or decreased energy level
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering important details
- Loss of appetite or overeating
If these signs are prevalent in your life or the life of a loved one, take these steps into consideration.
- Ask for help immediately, see a doctor and speak with family
- Begin counseling and/or a medication regimen prescribed by a doctor
- Offer or seek out emotional support, talk and listen
- If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts seek help immediately and dial 911 or the national suicide prevention lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers 24 hour, toll free, confidential suicide prevention.