There's a huge difference between Sadness and Depression. The first one is a normal recurrent experience from life, usually from an event that affects our mood. Depression, on the other hand, is an illness that sometimes has no apparent origin.
Some people can experience Depression for the longest time before they (or someone else) realize it. And it's just one of the dangers of this condition. Pay attention if several symptoms in this list appear, cause they just might indicate we're dealing with a case of Depression and need to seek help.
BEING ALWAYS TIRED
Depression sometimes puts the person in a state where they lack the energy to do anything, and they just want to sleep or be as quiet as possible. The more often this happens, the more probably Depression is grounding its roots.
LOSS OF FOCUS OR INTEREST
A major depressive disorder is usually noticeable because people have trouble concentrating on the things they have to do or can't even find the spark that would move them to pursue those activities.
IRRITABILITY AND MOOD SWINGS
A person experiencing Depression can go from states close to euphoria to other of deep pessimism or guilt. Even worse, they can also have extreme reactions due to being inexplicably irritable all the time.
EATING DISORDERS AND WEIGHT CHANGE
Sometimes appetite can disappear altogether or become larger than usual. Eating too much or too little can also be a reason to consider someone is going through Depression.
Whenever our bodies and minds are out of sync, sleep trouble begins to appear. Most people with Depression have problems with their sleep or, as we've stated, sleep way more than usual.
Since someone with Depression spends a lot of time worrying about something without seeing an end to it, it can lead to an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. And since the ominous things seem unavoidable, it also seems like there's no point in reaching out for help.
Of course, identifying one or more of these symptoms in yourself or someone you know, doesn't mean we can talk of a self-diagnosis of Depression. This is merely a list of red flags to pay attention to.
If you or anyone around you is experiencing these symptoms, the best thing to do is find a mental health professional and seek their advice. Sometimes, opening up to friends and family in the meantime is a good exercise to cope with Depression, but it should never replace professional care.
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