Depression is a mental disorder that gradually devours its victims.
How many times have you encountered an otherwise peaceful person break into a sudden fit of rage that even they couldn’t explain? Or perhaps, you have seen an otherwise cheerful person slowly sink into isolation.
Depression can hit anyone of any age, at any time – right from a seven-years-old child to someone fifty-years-old.
There is no specific cause for it either. For some, family problems could be the reason, others could be depressed because of peer pressure, while some others could experience it because of work, studies, love – it could be literally anything.
Depression is a shadow without a face and there is no one way in which a person will experience it. But here are a few common symptoms that can be considered as early indications:
- Constant Pessimism:
One of the many ways in which depression manifests is constant pessimism. A person who is struggling with this disorder will suddenly find himself losing all hope regarding his present and future. He wouldn’t know where his life is headed or where he would want it to go. Depression is like a polythene bag wrapped around your head – suffocating.
- Restlessness and Irritability:
Depression does not necessarily stem from sadness but is usually accompanied by frustration and irritability. Frustration at one’s own helplessness. Frustration at one’s own inability to get away from the very feeling that is gripping them by the throat. This inner turmoil manifests in the form of restlessness and sudden outbursts of rage.
Another major symptom of depression is a loss of interest, usually in things that used to previously interest the person. Things like painting, dancing, sports, or whatever it is that used to interest the person before – suddenly do not anymore.
- Eating disorder:
Depression may also manifest behaviourally in the form of eating disorders. It is not uncommon that we turn to comfort food for solace. And sometimes, if what we are going through is bad enough, we experience a total loss of appetite. Hence, if a person who had an otherwise normal eating pattern suddenly starts bingeing or loses appetite altogether, it could be a sign!
- Suicidal tendencies:
This one is the scariest of them all as the person runs a risk of bringing serious damage to his life. Depression is accompanied by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and numbness, and when the goings get too hard to handle, the person may become suicidal. A person who gets to this point will start to hurt himself – so look out for unexplained cut marks and wounds on the body.
- Physical manifestation:
Everything that we do, or go through manifests physically in one form or the other. And, especially since depression is a disorder that takes a huge toll on one’s mind, it is very likely that their body will also show indications. Dark circles that do not go away even after treatment has been sought, dull, patchy and dehydrated skin, ungroomed appearance – could be a few signs to watch out for.
People who suffer from depression have a very hard time expressing what they are going through, so chances are they are never going to tell you. But if you notice your friend, family member or colleague starting to isolate himself, contrary to his natural persona, start looking out for the aforementioned symptoms.
If you notice more than four of these, seeking professional help from a therapist is much recommended. In most cases, medical advice can be of great help.
Depression is not impossible to overcome, but it takes time, patience and proper care. Be #StrongerThanDepression.