The most effective way to treat depression is to begin dealing with it before the depression symptoms become too severe. That’s why it’s so important to understand and recognize the telltale signs of depression in yourself and others:
But invariably when discussing depression, it’s easy to discount signs of depression as a result of a busy and stressful lifestyle, rather than the more serious physiological imbalance that causes depression. It’s easy to spot the signs of depression in others and still miss it in yourself! But the truth is that most people will experience the signs of depression and some degree of depression during their lives. So it’s important that everyone understands some of the key signs of depression.
A sudden lack of energy can be one of the first warning signs of depression. A depressed person might notice that they begin to feel tired and lethargic most of the time, falling asleep (or finding it hard not to) during work and socializing and struggling to find the motivation to get out of bed in the morning.
Changes in sleeping habits in general are a key indicator of depression and can vary significantly from person to person. Some sufferers find they want to sleep more and more, feeling exhausted all day. Others, may suffer from insomnia or unusual sleeping cycles. This lack of sleep can exacerbate the symptoms of depression.
A change in appetite can be another sign of depression. Similarly to sleeping patterns this sign of depression can vary widely between sufferers. Some people may notice that their appetite is reduced, they will rarely feel hungry, will eat less at meals, and may even feel repulsed by the idea of eating. Others still, will notice that they are overeating and putting on weight even when they don’t feel particularly hungry.
A sign of depression is difficulty concentrating and this may be observed as absent-minded or disorganized. Work performance might suffer, or you may become less diligent in managing personal finances, relationships and
Another common sign is a growing lack of interest in activities and hobbies that you previously found interesting. A depressed person may begin to isolate themselves from friends and family and feel overwhelmed or disconnected in social situations. A common feeling is that the world is going on around you and you feel separate and distant.
If you recognize any of these signs of depression in yourself or a friend, you should seek professional help.