Dealing with depression is no laughing matter. The feeling of being lost and unable to find yourself can consume even the strongest person. Look for these common signs of depression. You may be the only help someone has to be able to overcome a lifetime of struggles.
Withdrawn– Your friend or loved one rarely wants to interact or socialize outside of the home or with friends and family. Excuses are bountiful for what seems like valid reasons. The pull away may be sudden or it can last for days and weeks on end. When the situation continues an intervention may be required to assist this person in rejoining their friends and family in daily life activities.
Frequently Cries– the reason for excessive crying episode may appear to be less traumatic to the outsider but to the person suffering, it is an outlet for stress and anxiety. Never overlook these episodes. They can be helpful and useful to understand where that person is coming from.
Routinely Tired or Sleepy– With depression, it is not uncommon for someone to not want to get out of bed and appear to the world. The bed offers a hideaway from the daily grind of life. It becomes their go to when nothing else seems to work. By staying in bed, they are refusing to face the issues that still remain in their thought process but that are hidden from those outside.
Has a hard time remembering details, thoughts or events– while many of us are forgetful in our everyday life, someone with depression may find it overwhelming to keep track of so many things. The thought process is hindered by the mental status.
Guilty Feeling– feelings that offer no basis or are completely false in nature, guilty for someone or something else that may have actually occurred in this person’s life. Depression can not only drum up guilt but it can also feed on misplaced guilt. Without professional help, the guilt and cycle continues.
It is okay to approach and try to help a friend or loved one who is suffering from depression. They may just need a helping hand to overcome a moment of despair. Without a working knowledge of dealing with depression, you may become a crutch to the individual. Always encourage the person to seek professional help. If at any time your concerns and sightings become overwhelming do not throw caution to the wind. Contact the appropriate resources such as crisis hotlines or ambulances services. It is hard not to become so involved in helping the person but only a qualified person can help to circumvent and treat depression adequately.